Different Types of Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges are a type of restoration that is usually used when a patient has lost one or a few teeth. Bridges are specifically designed to be suspended between the teeth on either side of the gap, which helps maintain proper spacing and preserve alignment. A bridge can restore the aesthetics and function of an entire smile.

Several types of bridges are available, including:

  • Traditional bridges
    These restorations consist of an artificial tooth and two crowns. The crowns are placed on the teeth next to the gap, while the artificial tooth fills the gap. The traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge and is generally made of porcelain for the most aesthetic results.
  • Maryland bridges
    A Maryland bridge consists of an artificial tooth attached to two wings, which are bonded to the teeth next to the gap.
  • Implant-supported bridges
    These bridges are similar in design to traditional bridges. Although, instead of being supported by natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge is supported by dental implants, which act as replacement tooth roots.

Bridges can be a good option for people who want a conservative tooth replacement. The right type of bridge can restore your smile, allow you to bite and eat easily again, and it can help keep your teeth healthy. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Northridge dentist.

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Pros and Cons of Fixed Bridges

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A fixed dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that consists of an artificial tooth suspended between two crowns and is designed to fit over natural teeth or dental implants. Fixed bridges can be a good option for many patients. You can decide if they are right for you by weighing the pros and cons.

Pros

Bridges are minimally invasive even when placed over your own natural teeth. They can be completed in two to three dental visits, and can provide you with a comfortable, attractive solution to tooth loss. Since the bridge is permanently bonded to the abutment teeth, it will continue to provide you with service for many years as long as you take care of it.

Cons

Because bridges are supported by dental crowns, they require natural teeth to be prepared through the removal of enamel. Although, if the teeth are not strong or if they develop decay, the entire bridge could fail. While bridges are designed to last for many years, they may need to be replaced periodically. Additionally, a dental bridge does not help stimulate the bone tissue unless it is used with implants, meaning that bone loss can occur.

Call us today to learn more about how dental bridges work to give you back your smile or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Northridge.

Common Treatments for Sleep Apnea

Common Treatments for Sleep ApneaSleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder that can ultimately lead to heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure if it is left untreated. Some of the more immediate effects include loud snoring, morning headaches, daytime sleepiness, irritability, mood changes, depression, dry mouth, and difficulty concentrating. If you think you suffer from this condition, talk to an expert immediately, and we can perform a test to see just how severe your condition actually is. Once the testing is complete, we can recommend the best treatment for your needs.

Sleep apnea can come in different severities. Some patients may only have a mild case while others suffer from extremely severe cases. For mild cases, many patients find relief with a sleep apnea mouthpiece. There are different kinds of mouthpieces available depending on what exactly is causing your sleep apnea. We offer a mandibular repositioning appliance, which holds the lower jaw forward allowing your airways to remain open at night. And we also offer a tongue retaining device, which keeps the tongue in a fixed position so that it does not collapse into your throat. Sometimes, our expert will prescribe a mouthpiece to a patient who cannot handle CPAP therapy.

Benefits of Invisalign Compared to Braces

Benefits of Invisalign Compared to BracesPatients with orthodontic problems often ask our cosmetic dentist in Northridge about their treatment options. We are always happy to explain the various treatment options. Today, two of the most common orthodontic treatments are Invisalign and braces. Both are extremely effective and can straighten and correct most orthodontic issues; however, they do have some important differences.

Braces have metal brackets that are bonded to each tooth, and a guidewire is attached to the brackets. Periodic adjustments gradually guide each tooth into position. This treatment has a long record of effectiveness, but it does have some drawbacks. Patients with braces have to be careful about what they eat to avoid damaging their braces, and they need to use special tools to clean around them. Braces can also be uncomfortable and irritate sensitive soft tissues in the mouth. However, the biggest concern for most patients is the appearance of braces.

Invisalign is an invisible brace system that uses clear aligners that look similar to mouth guards. The aligners are customized for each patient, and they are designed in a series to move teeth over the course of the treatment. Patients can remove the aligners when they eat, which also makes it easier to brush and floss. The aligners are changed every two weeks, and patients have fewer orthodontic visits. They are convenient, comfortable, and easy to use, but they may not be right for every patient. Give us a call today to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule your appointment with our expert in Invisalign in Northridge.

Best Candidates for Dentures

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Missing teeth can lead to major dental health problems, interfere with your ability to eat a balanced diet and affect your self-image. Replacing your lost teeth can help prevent these issues and keep your dental, general and emotional health on track.

You may be a candidate for dentures if you:

• Are missing some of your teeth, in which case a partial may be an option
• Are missing all of your teeth as a result of periodontal disease
• Are missing teeth due to decay
• Are missing teeth due to malnutrition
• Are missing teeth as a result of poor dental care or dental disease
• Are missing teeth due to dental trauma

Your treatment plan will vary based on the number of teeth that you have left, the amount of jawbone tissue, your personal goals, your needs and other factors. The restoration can be traditional and designed to sit on your gums, using suction or gravity for stability. However, you may also be a candidate for implants, which support the restoration and keep it stable while preserving bone density. Our dentist can help you decide which type is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.