Replace Missing Teeth and “Bridge the Gap” in Your Smile
If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the optimal treatment for your needs. Dental bridges are custom-crafted replacement teeth that can restore your bite, speech, and your appearance.
An Introduction to Dental Bridges
A traditional dental bridge is comprised of two abutment teeth and one or more pontics. The abutment teeth are crowns that fit over the natural teeth flanking the gap in your smile. The pontic is an entirely new synthetic tooth that fits inside the gap in your smile. The two crowns hold the full bridge in place. Like single crowns, a dental bridge can be made from metal, porcelain, or zirconia. In some cases, Dr. Yum may recommend a Maryland bonded bridge. This type of bridge is made with a single crown that attaches to the adjacent teeth with metal or resin “wings.”
Dr. Yum also offers implant-supported bridges. Like traditional bridges, these restorations will be custom-made to blend with your smile. However, implant-supported bridges do not require any change to your natural tooth structure. Rather, these restorations attach directly to small titanium implant posts, surgically placed in your jawbone. Although both types of bridges can be an effective way to restore your dental health, implants are the most stable and durable type of restoration.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
The most obvious benefit of a dental bridge is the effect it can have on your appearance. By filling in the gap in your smile, a bridge can help you look significantly younger and healthier. In turn, you will feel much more confident and willing to share your smile. You may also notice a marked improvement in your ability to bite and chew. In many cases, you may be able to enjoy a much more varied diet, including hard and crunchy foods.
Bridges also have other, less obvious, benefits for your overall dental health. For example, your custom-crafted restoration can keep your other teeth from shifting out of place, affecting your comprehensive dental alignment, as well as the force of your bite. Additionally, by filling in the gaps in your smile, a bridge can restore the overall shape of your face, reducing the “sunken” look that often comes with tooth loss.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
If you are missing one or more teeth and you want to enjoy renewed dental health, you are likely a candidate for a dental bridge. To qualify for this treatment, your nearby teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration. Additionally, as a candidate for dental implants, you must have enough jawbone volume to form a stable base for the posts. At your consultation, Dr. Yum will evaluate your oral health and jaw structure to determine the optimal restoration for your needs.
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