A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or series of teeth and consists of a false tooth (or teeth) suspended between two crowns. The crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth/teeth.
Advantages to Dental Bridges
In some cases, a dental implant is not necessarily the best choice to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is usually faster and easier to place than a dental implant, especially when you factor in the weeks required to heal from the surgery to place the dental implant root form.
A dental bridge can also be a good choice if the teeth adjacent to the gap are in poor shape and need crowns to protect the stability of the natural tooth structures. This does, however, bring to light a disadvantage of dental bridges: If the teeth adjacent to the gap are healthy, they must be altered to place the crowns that support the bridge.
Sometimes, a partial denture can be used to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge offers distinct advantages over a partial denture. Dental bridges are fixed in place, and will therefore look and feel like a natural part of your mouth. As fixed structures, they are also more comfortable than partial dentures, which have supporting structures that can be irritating or distracting.
Dental bridges can be affordable, beautiful and durable. If you are missing teeth, talk to us to see if a dental bridge might offer you a solution.