Dental Bridges in Palos Verdes
Fill-in the gaps in your smile
If you have empty spaces in your smile caused by missing teeth, you can consider getting a bridge. A bridge is a natural-looking dental appliance that is custom-designed to fill that gap while preserving the alignment of your teeth.
A bridge is made up of two supporting teeth and one to two porcelain teeth to fill the gaps. Those two supporting teeth can be crowned natural teeth or dental implants. The bridge and crowns can be all-porcelain. Or they can be porcelain fused to metal or zirconia.
Dr. Palani utilizes top-grade, natural-looking and durable materials. He’ll make sure that your bridge looks completely natural, that it’s correctly placed and that it will last a long time.
Competent, experienced care
Dr. Palani has earned Fellowship awards from both the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and the Academy of General Dentistry. He possesses advanced training in many areas of dentistry, including the placement of dental bridges. Plus he has many years of experience and during that time he has successfully placed hundreds of bridges.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Since a bridge requires two supporting teeth to hold it in place, if the tooth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) is a healthy natural tooth, it would be better to use implants. This way the unnecessary cutting down of healthy teeth is avoided. If you already have crowned teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth), a bridge becomes a more economical solution than dental implants.
An implant retains the bone structure of the jaw just like a natural tooth, which is an added benefit of using implants over bridges. This means less receding bone and greater facial support.
Dr. Palani is very experienced in placing implants and does the entire procedure in his office. With his state-of-the-art technology, an implant is a very quick and precise procedure involving little discomfort. Over the years he has successfully placed hundreds of implants with long-lasting results.
With an implant-supported bridge, the bridge is supported on either side by an implant. An implant-supported bridge is another option to full dental implants or dentures. Bridges, unlike dentures, are permanently fixed in place and act very much like natural teeth.
If you are going to need to have teeth extracted, or already have many missing teeth, an alternative is a bridge supported by implants. If you have three to four missing teeth, for example, Dr. Palani can create a bridge by placing two dental implants and using them to anchor the bridge.