Bridges are exactly like they sound; they bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap. The anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth with the false tooth found in the middle. False teeth are called pontics and can be made of porcelain, alloy, gold, or a combination of these materials. The side abutment teeth must be reduced to accommodate crowns and then they can be bridged to the fake tooth. Our dental office is ready to help you with all of your dental needs.
Dental bridges can restore the ability to chew and speak properly, maintain the shape of your face, distribute the force in your bite properly, and prevent remaining teeth from drifting. Bridges will restore your smile and help with your confidence. Our dental team can improve your winning smile.
When deciding to select the bridge as a solution to your missing tooth problem, realize that you will have to reduce the teeth surrounding the missing tooth and have those teeth fitted with a crown. This is the side support network for your missing tooth. Then the abutment teeth are there to help support the pontic tooth that is the fake tooth found in between.
This procedure will begin by preparing the surrounding teeth for crowns. Impressions of the teeth are made, which the laboratory will use to make a bridge, pontic, and crowns. The dentist will give you a temporary crown to ensure the teeth and gums are protected. The second visit will involve fitting the bridge in your mouth to get the proper fit. Adjustments will need to be made and temporary cement is used. After a couple of weeks, if the fit seems right, our dentists will permanently cement the bridge into place.
Are there other alternatives to the bridge? The dental implant is another option that may be a great option for your missing tooth. With an implant, there is no need to reduce the surrounding teeth. The implant is made, which requires a more strenuous surgery, and the implant is permanently placed. Whereas bridges are meant to last 5-10 years and then they will need replaced. The upfront costs of implants are much higher than bridges, but they are permanent and meant to last a lifetime. Speak with our dentists to determine which method is the best option for your situation.
Dental bridges are an excellent option if you have a missing tooth and have healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. However, if you have weakened teeth or other problems on the other side, like another missing tooth, it may not be the best option for you. You want the anchors, or abutments, to be sturdy and supportive of your pontic. Give our dental office a call and schedule your consultation, where we can decide what to do with your missing tooth based on your customized dental plan. We can’t wait to see you.Leave a reply →