When teeth are too badly damaged to use crowns or fillings, dental bridges can usually be used. Bridges help to hold remaining teeth in their correct places and also prevent your natural teeth from taking on too much stress when biting or chewing. It is an excellent way to fill in gaps in your smile.
While adult tooth loss is becoming less and less common now that more people have access to quality dental care, it still isn’t unusual to lose one or more teeth. Dental bridges replace these teeth with realistic prosthetics that both restore the function and look of your teeth, restoring your confidence in the process.
There are several different types of dental bridges that we can create for you. The type we use to help you will depend on a variety of factors. Read below to learn more.
A traditional bridge relies on the presence of healthy teeth on both sides of the tooth being replaced. These healthy teeth are the supports of the bridge. A crown is placed atop each of the healthy teeth, and these connect to the prosthetic that replaces the unhealthy tooth.
This is fairly similar to a traditional bridge, but it can be used when there are not teeth on both sides of the unhealthy tooth. Instead, two healthy teeth in a row are used to support the prosthetic. Occasionally, it will be possible to use just one healthy tooth as support.
This type of bridge attaches the prosthetic to the adjacent teeth using metal bands and dental bonding resin. This bridge requires less preparation of the surrounding teeth, which means that they retain their natural integrity. This can even be used for restoring front teeth.