Tooth loss is a common issue throughout the United States with approximately 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth in their mouth. Fortunately, losing a tooth as an adult doesn’t mean that you need to go the rest of your life with a gap in your smile. At Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland, we offer high-quality dental bridges in Altamonte Springs to seamlessly replace missing teeth. If you’re looking to restore your smile and would like more information or to schedule a consultation, just give us a call! We’d be happy to help!
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that’s used to replace consecutive missing teeth. This can be anywhere from one to four teeth in a row. A bridge is composed of two crowns and a number of replacement teeth between them known as “pontics.” The crowns are anchored on the adjacent teeth or implants depending on the type of bridge that you opt for. Bridges can be made from a variety of different materials, but porcelain is usually the best choice for a strong and natural-looking restoration.
There are a couple different types of dental bridges that you could end up with depending on how many teeth you are missing and their placement. Here is what each one consists of:
If you have healthy teeth on each side of the gap that needs to be filled in, a traditional bridge is ideal. The teeth that support crowns are known as “abutment teeth.” These need to be altered slightly in order for the bridge to fit properly and securely. This type of restoration can be placed in just a few visits and are typically less pricy than their implant alternative.
Implant bridges can be used for patients who have three or more missing teeth in a row. Instead of being placed over abutment teeth, the crowns are placed on titanium posts that merge with the jawbone and act as tooth roots. The great thing about implant bridges is that they last much longer than traditional bridges on average and help to prevent jawbone deterioration later on as a result of tooth loss.
Dental bridges are relatively cost-effective when it comes to replacing missing teeth. In addition to providing strength and stability for when you’re chewing and speaking, they help to maintain the shape of your face. They also keep your natural teeth from shifting out of place and causing misalignment issues going forward.