A dental bridge is a common treatment used to replace missing teeth. Most bridges are stationary, unlike dentures, which are removable. If you are missing one or more teeth and need information about dental bridges, our experienced dentist can help.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or two teeth, a dental bridge might be a good solution to replace those teeth. Some other considerations include:
- Is the missing tooth or teeth located between existing teeth?
- Are the teeth adjacent to the gaps strong and healthy?
- Are you concerned about other teeth moving out of place?
- Do you practice overall good oral hygiene?
If your missing teeth are between strong, healthy existing teeth, a dental bridge is more likely to be successful in the long term. It is also important to keep your teeth clean and maintain good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. This will ensure that your other teeth remain healthy, that any decay or gum disease is diagnosed early, and that your dental bridge remains in good repair.
How Dental Bridges Work
Dental bridges provide prosthetic teeth that are attached to adjacent teeth. The way the bridge is anchored depends upon the position of the missing teeth. With a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth are reshaped to accommodate a crown, with a prosthetic tooth in between.
Resin bonded bridges can also be anchored to adjacent teeth using resin and metal bands. This is more common when the abutment teeth are strong and healthy. Metal anchors are attached to the abutment teeth and the prosthetic tooth is then anchored to the bands.
Cantilever bridges are only anchored to one tooth. These are most commonly used on the back molars. Our dental team will help determine what type of bridge is best for your individual needs.
To find out more about dental bridges and how they can restore your smile in Irving TX, please contact Active Dental at 972-556-0600 to schedule a consultation.