A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants by a prosthodontist or dentist. Whereas a crown caps a single implant or damaged tooth, bridges are more often used to cover an area of missing teeth. Texarkana, AR, dentist Randall A. Ellis, DDS has firsthand experience with this procedure. Below, he explains the applications, placement, and benefits of dental bridges.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
Your dentist may recommend a dental bridge if you have one or more missing teeth. Gaps will ultimately cause remaining teeth to shift or rotate into the vacant spaces, resulting in a misaligned bite. This imbalance can also lead to more serious oral health conditions such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction and gum disease.
What’s Involved in Placement?
During placement, your dentist will cement the dental bridge to implants or natural teeth surrounding the vacant space. These teeth, also known as abutments, effectively anchor the bridge. A pontic, or replacement tooth, is then attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with a crown, you will be able to select the material of the bridge. Your dentist can help you determine which option to use, based on aesthetic considerations and cost, as well as the location of treatment. Many can even be color-matched to the shade of your natural teeth.
What Are the Benefits?
In addition to the aesthetic benefits, a dental bridge can help strengthen damaged teeth, improve bite alignment, restore the ability to properly speak and chew, and maintain the integrity of the jaw. Contact your local family dentistry practice to address any questions or concerns you may have with this treatment.
Specializing in a variety of general and cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth cleaning and whitening, dental bridges and implants, and more, Randall A. Ellis, DDS has you covered for the personalized, professional care you need. Visit his practice online or call (870) 772-1374 to schedule an appointment.