Got missing teeth? You may find that after you have lost teeth that it is more difficult to chew and speak. Not only do missing teeth have these negative effects, but they can also strain your jaw and cause your other teeth to shift into a bad bite. And let’s not forget how missing teeth can alter your appearance. However, at Discovery Park Dental, we can prevent these problems from developing when we restore missing teeth with a dental bridge.
Just like its name suggests, a dental bridge connects the two teeth adjacent to a gap left by a missing tooth. The bridge consists of dental crowns that encase these teeth, which are called the abutment teeth. Between the two crowns is a tooth replacement, called a pontic, which restores the missing tooth. After the abutment teeth are prepared, we cement the crowns over them. This attachment allows the pontic to stay securely in place.
There are many benefits to using a dental bridge to restore missing teeth. For one, bridges are less expensive than other dental restorations. Bridges can also be made from a variety of durable materials designed to withstand chewing forces, and some of these materials include metal, porcelain fused to metal, and ceramic. In fact, bridges can last up to 5-7 years if you care for them correctly. You will still brush and floss the bridge like you would with your natural teeth, taking care to clean under the bridge with floss or an interdental brush. Please call our dental office if you would like to learn more about dental bridges.