Missing teeth can impact your confidence and your oral health. Dental bridges replace missing teeth, improving your mouth’s function and your appearance. At his practice in Pasadena, Texas, William D. Davies, DDS, provides top-quality dental bridges to patients, helping them enjoy life without worrying about their teeth. Learn more by calling the office or requesting a consultation online today.
A dental bridge fills in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. It’s a dental appliance that anchors to two teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, with false teeth in between.
There are a variety of dental bridges, making it a flexible treatment option for many patients suffering tooth loss.
The false teeth in dental bridges are called pontics, and they can be made from metal, alloys, or porcelain. Most pontics can be made to match the look of your natural teeth so they’re less noticeable.
Bridges help restore mouth function, making it easier to talk and chew. They can help keep your natural teeth in place and maintain the shape of your face. Bridges also have the power to fill in your smile and boost your confidence.
There are four popular types of dental bridges. Traditional bridges use dental crowns on the two surrounding teeth to hold the bridge in place.
A crown is a cap that covers the tooth and it’s cemented in place. Traditional bridges work for patients who have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by missing teeth.
Cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only require one natural tooth. The tooth has a crown that holds the bridge in place, and there is no abutment tooth on the other side of the gap.
A Maryland bridge uses two abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. However, instead of crowns on the teeth, the bridge is supported by metal or porcelain framework attached to the back of the abutment teeth.
Implant-supported dental bridges are commonly regarded as the strongest dental bridge. Implant-supported bridges use dental implants to support the bridgework. Typically, Dr. Davies places an implant for each missing tooth and the implants hold the bridge.
Missing teeth are more than just embarrassing. They can impact the health of your other teeth and your mouth. Your teeth work together to help you chew and speak. When one or more is missing, all the remaining teeth have to compensate.
Teeth may shift to fill the gap, causing misalignment. Nearby teeth may get worn down or damaged. The gum and bone where the missing tooth was can also suffer. Your jaw can start to shrink and you can experience gum loss, which puts other teeth at risk.
To learn more about dental bridges and find out what treatment might be right for you, talk to Dr. Davies and his knowledgeable team. Make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.