Bridge the Gap for an Attractive and Functional Solution to Missing Teeth
Not only are missing teeth unattractive, but they also limit functionality. Missing teeth can affect the way you speak, the way you chew, the way you bite, the way your teeth support each other, and the shape of your face. Bridges can be used to replace missing teeth, restoring those functions and creating a healthy, beautiful smile again.
A bridge or a “fixed bridge” replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, literally bridging the gap where one or more teeth used to be present. A dental bridge used to be the standard option to replace one or more missing teeth, but dental implants have now become the preferred choice for a number of reasons. However, bridges may still make sense if the teeth surrounding the missing tooth (or group of teeth) are already compromised or crowned. In that case, a bridge may be recommended.
A bridge may also be a patient’s best option if the recommended wait time for an implant – usually four to six months – is longer than the patient can comfortably go without the missing teeth either for cosmetic reasons or for functional purposes. For example, if the missing teeth are quite visible, a patient may choose a bridge over implants because they do not want to wait six months for the missing teeth to be replaced.
Bridges are anchored by crowning the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth, which then holds the prosthetic tooth or teeth in place.
Bridges can be made of gold, porcelain fused to gold or can be all-ceramic. As with the dental crown procedure, many factors dictate which material is indicated in each case. Together we will determine what is most appropriate for your particular bridge.
For more information about crowns and bridges or to make an appointment, please call us at 703-442-0442.