Types of Dental Bridges

AttractionBridges are made to fill the gaps between teeth when one or more teeth are lost. If you have lost teeth and are a candidate for a dental bridge, our Agoura Hills dentist will help you find the best bridge for your smile.

There are several types of bridges are available, including:

1. Traditional bridges
These bridges are supported by abutment teeth or dental implants, and the artificial tooth is suspended between two crowns. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used bridges and are typically made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal for the most aesthetic results.

2. Maryland bridges
Maryland bridges are typically used to replace missing front teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are attached to thin, metal bands, which are then bonded to the abutment teeth using resin. They are more conservative than conventional bridges, but they are also not as strong, which means they have a higher failure rate especially when used to replace multiple teeth.

3. Cantilever bridges
If you are missing a tooth with natural teeth on only one side, a cantilever bridge might be necessary. The cantilever bridge has a design similar to traditional bridges but uses only one crown for support.

Call us to learn more about dental bridges in Agoura Hills or to schedule your appointment.

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Dental Bonding and Its Uses

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If you are not happy with the way one or more of your teeth look, you might be a candidate for dental bonding. Bonding is a special procedure in which tooth-colored composite resin is used to repair damaged teeth and conceal cosmetic imperfections. Composite resin is a pliable, putty-like material that is easy to manipulate on the tooth, and when it has been shaped and contoured, it can be cured with a light, making it strong and durable.

Our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills may recommend bonding if you have:

• A chipped or cracked tooth that affects the way your smile looks
• A receding gum line or exposed roots, especially if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks
• Stains or discolorations that do not respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments
• Abnormally short or misshapen teeth
• Worn teeth
• Gaps or slightly misaligned teeth

Bonding is not necessarily the right choice for every patient or every smile, but for the right candidates, it can be a great way to brighten and improve a smile. It is affordable, fast, and highly effective. Call our dental office today to learn more about bonding or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What are the Benefits of Porcelain Crowns?

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Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth that have suffered damage, to typically to physical accident or decay, and are no longer strong enough to function on their own. Our Agoura Hills dentist will likely recommend a dental crown for you if you have a tooth that:

  • Has a large filling
  • Has just undergone a root canal treatment
  • Is cracked, or has cracked tooth syndrome
  • Has broken cusps
  • Suffers from excessive wear

Many experts recommend porcelain restorations, especially when it comes to crowns. This is due to the several advantages the material offers. Patients benefit from its strength and durability, making it able to endure the everyday bite forces required of chewing and similar actions. It also reflects light in the same way that our natural dental enamel does, so it looks no different than the rest of our teeth. This means that this restoration is rarely noticeable.

Porcelain crowns can last as long as fifteen years with good care before needing to be replaced. The process may be able to be performed in just two appointments. It requires taking a physical impression or digital scan, which is used to design and create your restoration. You can return for another appointment to have a temporary crown replaced with your custom permanent one.