A missing tooth is a very serious matter. It can keep you from being able to eat, speak, and smile correctly. It’s important to take care of a missing tooth quickly before the rest of your teeth have a chance to take advantage of the empty space and become misaligned. There are many options out there, but sometimes the best option is the dental bridge.
A bridge is a dental appliance that bridges two teeth together by filling in the gap between them. There are a few different types of bridges. The most commonly used is the traditional bridge. It is one piece made up of three parts. The two sides are crowns that will fit over your teeth that are adjacent to the gap. In the middle is a false tooth, called a pontic. The second more popularly used bridge is a bonded bridge. Rather than using crowns, this bridge uses metal wings that are bonded to the adjacent teeth.
The Bridge Procedure
Set yourself up for a successful bridge experience by trying to understand these different types of bridges. We make our recommendation based on where in your mouth you need the bridge, as some bridges are stronger than others. However, you still get the final word by deciding which bridge you would prefer. Once the procedure is complete, you will have a restoration that should last for several years to come.
Often we recommend bridges to patients who aren’t quite ready for a dental implant. Bridges are not as permanent as implants, but they get the job done. Contact us today to learn more about dental bridges. We’d love to hear from you and help you better understand your options!