Are you finding that you’re experiencing a feeling of urgency when it comes to replacing your missing tooth or teeth? If so, there’s no time like the present to get moving. Neglecting your need to select a tooth replacement solution can lead to serious side effects, such as shifting teeth that result in misalignment or problems with effective daily brushing and flossing. The good news? Dental bridges provide a wonderful tooth loss solution for many patients. Learn more to find out if you’re one of them.
The easiest way to imagine a dental bridge is to envision a series of connected artificial teeth that we have color-matched to blend with your smile. Now that you’ve got that down, consider the parts:
- Dental Crowns: A dental crown rests on either end of the bridge. These are hollow, artificial teeth that we will use to support the bridge. If you look at the open space in your mouth, you can quickly recognize that a healthy natural tooth sits on either side of the space – we call these “abutment teeth” or “anchor teeth.” These are the teeth over which we will cement the dental crowns.
- Pontics: A pontic is the type of artificial tooth that is situated between the dental crowns of the bridge. One or up to three of these “teeth” will replace your missing teeth, filling the open space.
Is A Bridge Right For You?
First things first: You can only receive a dental bridge if the open space in your mouth is the result of one missing tooth or up to three teeth missing in a row. Because the bridge is a single, uninterrupted series of replacement teeth, it cannot address open spaces spread out from one another. A bridge is also “fixed,” which means it will remain in place, unlike dentures that are removable.