Dental Bridge: An Overview
More than likely, you’ve heard the term dental bridges at some point in your life or perhaps you know of a friend or family member who has received one. A dental bridge is one of the most popular and common way to complete a smile with missing teeth.
How Dental Bridges Work
Dental bridges are a permanent prosthetic that fills in the gaps of a smile. Unlike dentures, bridges are fixed in place by our dentist so that patients can eat food comfortably without experiencing movement of their prosthetic teeth.
As its name suggests, a bridge fills in the gap between missing teeth, much like a bridge connect roads over a river or valley. This type of prosthetic can replace several teeth in a row. A bridge consists of one or more artificial crowns that are made in a dental laboratory for each individual patient. Crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that provide patients with a biting surface for chewing food. Bridges are then anchored to existing teeth on either side to hold the prosthetic teeth in place.
Benefits of Bridges
Once a patient loses one tooth, they are at a heightened risk for losing more. This is because teeth will slowly shift into empty tooth sockets. To help prevent tooth movement and prevent further tooth loss, a bridge provides the support that biological teeth need to stay in place. Tooth loss greatly affects a patient’s self-esteem and when bridges are constructed from porcelain or porcelain fused over metal alloys, they provide a very natural and attractive look to enhance a patient’s appearance. Most importantly, however, dental bridges allow a patient to eat food without discomfort or difficulty.
If you are missing one or more teeth, our dentist encourages you to schedule an appointment at our practice for a tooth loss consultation. Our compassionate team is here to help you reclaim your oral health and confidence.
To book your appointment, contact Erickson Dental at 972-717-0077 today.