Although dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options, those patients that aren’t good candidates for implants have other replacement treatments available to them including the time-tested and effective dental bridges. Modern dental bridges have numerous benefits over bridges of the past including better aesthetics and oral health advantages. When used to replace one or more missing teeth, dental bridges restore function, strength, and health to a patient’s mouth.
Today’s dental bridge
Today’s dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth (pontic) attached to dental crowns on one or both sides. A dental professional places the dental crowns over the natural teeth located adjacent to the gap left by a missing tooth and the crowns provide support for the pontic. Sometimes up to three pontics receive an attachment to the crowns. When natural teeth exist on only one side of the gap left by a missing tooth, the dentist places a cantilever bridge where the pontic has support by crowns at a single end. For missing teeth in the front, dentists use a cantilever bridge or a resin bonded bridge. The resin bonded bridge receives attachment through a band discretely bonded to surrounding natural teeth for a more cosmetically pleasing appearance. All fixed dental bridges are made of high-quality porcelain expertly crafted to function effectively and comfortably in your mouth and can last ten years or more with excellent care.
Dental bridge advantages
Along with aesthetic benefits, fixed dental bridges restore oral health in patients with missing teeth. Filling the space left by a missing tooth prevents nearby teeth from shifting out of their correct position. Bridges also restore bite integrity, which enables patients to chew and speak with restored ease. Fixed dental bridges can’t be removed by hand and aren’t prone to slipping or falling out like removable tooth replacement options. When placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist, fixed dental bridges appear natural as they complement the texture and color of surrounding natural teeth.
Dental bridge candidates
A majority of patients missing one or more natural teeth make good candidates for a dental bridge, and the type of bridge depends on which teeth are missing and the structural integrity and health of surrounding teeth. With today’s tooth replacement options, there’s a solution for even the most complex cases of missing teeth.
The time to start restoring your confident, beautiful smile is now. Contact Chianese Dental today to learn how stable, strong, and attractive modern dental bridges can help you regain your confident and healthy smile.