Are you among the 178 million Americans that have lost at least one tooth? Then you should know that there are more tooth replacement options than just dentures. Thanks to dental bridges, Dr. Rouhani is able to fill gaps left by one or several teeth in a row with an affordable restoration made using the latest technology and techniques. Is there empty space that’s making you feel self-conscious about your smile? Set up a consultation with us to see if a bridge might be your best solution.
A dental bridge is a type of restoration used to replace a specific number of teeth. They can be used for single tooth replacements, but they’re also recommended for patients who have lost two to four teeth in a row. The bridge is composed of two crowns and a number of artificial teeth called pontics. We anchor the crowns on adjacent teeth or implants (depending on the type of bridge you get), allowing the pontics to fill the gap. Just like any restoration, bridges can be made out of many different materials, but porcelain is usually the best choice if you want your restoration to be both strong and beautiful.
When Dr. Rouhani recommends a dental bridge, there are two kinds you can potentially get: a traditional bridge and an implant bridge. The best option largely depends on the state of your health.
If you still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap that needs to be filled, a traditional bridge can be placed. The teeth that support the crowns are called abutment teeth, and they’ll have to be altered slightly so that the restoration fits properly. Traditional bridges can be placed in just a couple of visits and don’t require any kind of surgery; they’re also generally the less costly option up front.
Dental implants can be used if three or more teeth in a row are missing. The crowns will be attached to titanium posts that merge with the jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Implants tend to last longer than traditional bridges, and they actively help keep the jawbone healthy by encouraging the growth of new tissue.
A traditional dental bridge is a relatively simple and cost-effective option for missing teeth. They offer enough strength and stability for you to chew and speak easily, and they help maintain the shape of your face. They also prevent your remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place (an issue that could result in tooth decay and other dental problems).
When a bridge is supported to a dental implant, you’ll enjoy all of the above benefits without having any natural enamel removed. Also, your new teeth will have strength and stability that’s almost on par with your natural ones, and you won’t experience bone loss.