Missing teeth no longer have to plague your smile. At Dental Care South, our skilled cosmetic dentist utilizes dental bridges to fill gaps with new, permanent replacement teeth.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a cosmetic dentistry procedure as well as a way to restore chewing function. Dental bridges prevent teeth shifting that can lead to bite problems (occlusion), jaw problems, and even periodontal disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth. And most importantly, a dental bridge solves the problem of missing teeth.
Bridging the Gap
Dental crowns can be used to create great replacements for missing teeth. When dental bridgework is used to replace a single tooth, at least three dental crowns are required. Two of the crowns involved in the bridging process will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. These healthy teeth are referred to as “abutment teeth.” The crowned abutment teeth support a third crown placed in between them. That third crown is referred to as a “pontic.” If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be required to bridge the gap between the abutment teeth. For example, if you have three missing teeth then four abutment teeth may be necessary to create a seven-tooth bridge.
The number of abutment teeth needed to replace a missing tooth is the result of several factors, first and foremost the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. Other influencing factors include:
- Location of the missing tooth in the mouth
- Size and length of the abutment tooth roots
- Amount of bone support within each abutment tooth
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
Teeth utilizing dental crowns and dental bridges need the same care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss them every day to avoid bacteria build up. If you tend to grind your teeth at night then consider wearing a nightguard. Furthermore, be sure to maintain regularly scheduled cleanings with your trusted Tuscaloosa, AL cosmetic dentist.
Benefiting from a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can replace missing teeth while safeguarding existing teeth. It is a great cosmetic dentistry treatment that can restore health, beauty, and vibrancy to your smile. Contact our Tuscaloosa family dentistry today speak with one of our team members and learn how you can benefit from dental bridges or one of our other cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services!