Restore missing teeth with a dental bridge
When you have one or more missing teeth, one option for treatment is to have a dental bridge fitted. Just like crowns and veneers, these can be made in-house in just one appointment using our advanced CEREC machine.
How dental bridges work
A bridge is essentially a false tooth or teeth (crowns) that can be affixed to remaining healthy teeth, or to a dental implant. They literally ‘bridge’ the gap created by one or more missing teeth, therefore obtaining their name. Dental bridges help to support the health of your existing teeth, whilst maintaining their function and bite.
There are many different types of dental bridges and we are proud to offer several of these options. This not only allows our dentist to expertly fit you with a bridge that is most suited to your individual mouth, but also gives you a range of choices when discussing your desired outcome and treatment. These include:
Traditional fixed dental bridge
This involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (false tooth) in between.
This is fixed to a crown on only one side. Although this restoration is slightly weaker than a traditional bridge, it means fewer teeth have to be treated.
This type of bridge can only be used on the front teeth, as it is secured with metal ‘wings’ that bond securely to the teeth on either side.
This is used in cases when many teeth are missing. The implants are imbedded into the bone of the jaw and a bridge is attached between them. Implant-supported bridges can be fitted even if you have no teeth at all, and is a longer-lasting, more secure solution than dentures.
Dental bridge vs dental implant
An implant is the metal ‘root’ that is fixed to the bone of the jaw. These ‘roots’ can have an individual crown attached to each one, or fewer implants can be fixed at intervals and have bridgework between them. One reason for having bridgework between the implants is if you have lost a very large number of teeth. To have your whole mouth fixed with individual implants and crowns could become very costly.
The benefits of dental bridges
Dental bridges pose a number of benefits to patients. They can:
- Restore the aesthetics of your smile
- Restore the function of your mouth (including the ability to chew, bite, and speak clearly)
- Help to maintain the structure and shape of your face
- Assist with bite distribution, as missing teeth are replaced
- Prevent teeth adjacent to the missing tooth from drifting out of place.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
As with all dental treatments it comes down to your personal needs, so if you’re in doubt, just ask us one of our friendly dentists for advice, we are always here to help. Make an appointment at Station Square Dental so we can help find the best solution to get you smiling again.