Our dentists at Cleary Dental suggest a bridge as the best solution for you if you have a missing tooth. A dental bridge can bridge a gap in your smile with a new artificial tooth. Dental bridges are great because they can be used to treat missing teeth in your top or bottom teeth and also fill a gap of one or two missing teeth with crowns.
Dental Bridges Are A Treatment Option If You Are Missing A Tooth
If you have a missing tooth, it can cause you many complications. If you are missing teeth or they begin to move around it will cause pain, extra stress on your jaw, bite problems, chewing difficulties, and a loss of confidence in your smile. Your teeth work with the others to properly function and if a tooth is missing, your other teeth will naturally move into that space. A bridge will be the best treatment for you if you have lost a tooth due to tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or a congenital condition.
Alternatives to a Dental Bridge
Your dentist may suggest partial dentures if you are interested in removable teeth that can be taken out and cleaned. Sometimes the dentist will recommend a dental implant instead of a bridge if your teeth are not sturdy enough to support artificial teeth. A dental implant will be surgically placed into your jaw so that it will be able to hold your teeth in place and over time the implant will fuse and integrate with your jawbone. The dentist will choose the best option for you based on the strength of your teeth and your needs.
Kinds of Dental Bridges
The most common dental bridge is a fixed bridge, and it has two caps called a crown on either side of one or more artificial teeth called a pontic. The crowns serve as the anchors for replacement teeth. They are important because they keep the teeth in place. An implant-supported bridge is the same as traditional bridges, but they are held in place by implants. A cantilever bridge is used when the artificial teeth are only supported by a crown on one side of the gap. A resin bonded bridge is to treat your front teeth. Your bridge will be made of either porcelain, metal, or porcelain fused to metal.
Dental Bridge Procedure
First, our dentist will reshape your teeth. Your teeth will be covered by a cap. Enamel will be removed so that there is enough room for the cap to be placed sturdily. After this, we can take a mold of your teeth that will be sent to a dental lab where your custom bridge will be created, and you will have a temporary bridge placement until it arrives. Your next appointment can happen in a few weeks and finally, our dentist can finish your treatment with the final placement of your bridge.
Contact Us Today!
Dental bridges are the best treatment for anyone with missing teeth as long as you have healthy teeth on either side of the ones you are missing. Please let our dentists at Cleary Dental be your trusted care provider. Consult with our dental professionals now about bridging the gap in your smile by calling (856) 528-8607.