Texarkana, Arkansas
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3 Situations That Call for a Dental Bridge September 12, 2017

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3 Situations That Call for a Dental Bridge , Texarkana, Arkansas

If you've lost one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge. This tooth prosthetic is designed to fill in the gap left behind by missing teeth, allowing you to eat more easily and smile with confidence. While a dental bridge isn't the right solution for everyone, it can be an effective choice for those who meet certain criteria.

Why You May Need a Dental Bridge 

Lost Teeth

Dental BridgeIf you've lost one tooth or even a handful, a dental bridge can be an excellent choice. However, the wider the gap to be filled, the more pressure your prosthetic will be under. If you're missing more than a few teeth in a row, you might have better luck with a full or partial denture.

Healthy Teeth Remaining

The most common type of dental bridge requires healthy teeth on at least one side of the gap, and preferably two to serve as an anchor for the prosthetic model. The false tooth in the middle, called the pontic, connects to two dental crowns which will be fitted over the teeth on either side. If these aren't strong and stable, they can't support another tooth, and you'll need a different option for replacement. 


If your teeth aren't strong enough to support a bridge, there’s another route you can go. Dental implants can be used to support bridges and dentures, not just single crowns. This creates a sturdy, stable platform for the false tooth, and may even be better for your jaw health.


If you've lost a tooth, you have options to restore it. Dental bridges are comfortable and easy to care for. Texarkana, AR, dentist Randall A. Ellis, DDS provides quality general and cosmetic dental care to patients of all ages. If you're missing teeth, Dr. Ellis' dental bridges, dentures, and implants can be used to address your smile. Call (870) 772-1374 today to make an appointment, or get in touch online.

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