Dental Bridges
Santa Monica

Solutions to Missing Teeth

Feel more confident by filling the gap.

We never really notice just how important our teeth are until we lose them. If you have lost a tooth, you are probably struggling daily with biting and chewing. You may even feel conscious about talking, smiling, and laughing around other people.

Missing a tooth or teeth can really affect not only functionality but appearance as well. For this reason, many people choose to get it fixed as quickly as possible. This is where dental bridges come in.

A dental bridge is basically a false tooth known as pontic that is custom-made for you to replace your missing tooth. It is literally a “bridge” that connects the adjoining teeth. It is held in place by the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth. These teeth are known as abutment teeth.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

There are different types of dental bridges. At LiveWell Dentistry in Santa Monica, we will help you choose the best option depending on your needs and goals. Here are the four most common types of dental bridges.

  • Traditional dental bridge

These are the most common types of bridges. Traditional dental bridges consist of a false tooth/teeth or pontic that is held in place by crowns that are cemented on the abutment teeth located on both sides. This is possible when you have natural teeth on both sides of the dental gap.

  • Cantilever dental bridge

A cantilever dental bridge is a replacement tooth that is held in place by only one abutment tooth on one side, rather than two on both sides. This is a common option if you have a natural tooth only on one side of your missing tooth or teeth.

  • Maryland dental bridge

A Maryland dental bridge is very similar to a traditional dental bridge. It also consists of a false tooth that is held in place by natural teeth or abutment teeth on both sides of the missing tooth/teeth. However, the difference is that with the Maryland dental bridge, the pontic has a framework of metal or porcelain that is bonded to the two abutment teeth.

  • Implant-supported dental bridge

Implant-supported dental bridges use dental implants surgically placed into the jaw to hold the replacement tooth in place. One dental implant will be used for each missing tooth, and the implant secures the bridge so that it completely replaces the missing tooth. This is the strongest and most stable type of dental bridge as the foundational structure for the bridge is surgically placed into the jaw.

Why do I need bridges?

Missing a tooth or teeth can be very debilitating. It impairs the functionality of your teeth in chewing and biting, making eating difficult. This can lead to further pain and damage. The teeth around the gap may even grow and tilt towards the empty space, thus causing serious misalignment. Your teeth are designed to work together as a whole, and when even just one is missing, you will see that it becomes a problem.

Apart from this, missing a tooth or teeth affects your appearance and, consequently, your confidence. Smiling, laughing and talking – things that you used to do without thinking now make you feel conscious and uncomfortable around other people.

A missing tooth or teeth also affect the shape of your jawbone. When one or more teeth are missing, the bone can shrink, which can affect the way your lips and cheeks are supported. If this goes untreated for a long time, it can make your face appear older.

Restore function and aesthetics to your teeth

With dental bridges, you don’t have to worry about having trouble biting and chewing, nor do you have to feel conscious about heartily laughing and communicating with other people. So, it’s not just aesthetics they enhance, dental bridges greatly improve function, even preventing further damage and pain.

LiveWell Dentistry in Santa Monica can help you restore function and aesthetics to your teeth using high-quality dental bridges that are placed by skilled and experienced dentists that know exactly what they are doing. We are a team that is dedicated to bringing top-notch quality every single time.

Our staff is committed to making you feel comfortable from the second you step inside our office to the moment you leave our doors with your new dental bridges. With a passion for helping you and your family achieve a beautiful smile and functional teeth to match, we are your one-stop destination for all your dental and oral needs.

Providing caring dental treatment for everyone

We'd like to welcome you to our dental care family!

At LiveWell Dentistry, we are dedicated to giving you back your missing tooth or teeth, and with it, your confidence. Known for their impeccable skills and their ability to make anyone feel right at home, Dr. Shabnam Khanideh and Dr. Mehra Pouyan have had plenty of experience successfully working with bridges on patients of all ages.

When you choose our Santa Monica dentists you will get much more than your average dental treatment, you will get the smile you deserve.