Many dental patients are self-conscious about missing teeth. Depending on the exact teeth that have been lost, this condition can also make it difficult to chew food. In many cases, a dental bridge can be used to replace lost teeth and restore a patient's smile.As the name suggests, a dental bridge uses an artificial tooth…
Repairing Gaps with a Dental Bridge
Did you know that you can repair teeth gaps with a dental bridge? The purpose of a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth, which often leads to cosmetic, functional, and oral health concerns. Understanding the pros and cons of dental bridge treatment can help you decide whether it is right for you or if another treatment option may be a better treatment solution.
How a dentist can repair teeth gaps with dental bridge treatment
The primary purpose of a dental bridge is to repair teeth gaps left by missing teeth. The following review highlights what a dental bridge is, how the treatment process works, and when to consider a dental bridge for filling in teeth gaps, along with a discussion of other solutions for teeth gaps.
What is a dental bridge for repairing gaps?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces a missing tooth or a section of multiple missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges, although the most common one is a fixed bridge, which involves abutment teeth that are supported by dental crowns on each side of the pontics (replacement teeth). However, a dental bridge can generally only repair gaps that are caused by one or more missing or impacted teeth, rather than gaps that are the result of too much natural space between teeth.
How does the dental bridge treatment process work?
The treatment process is different for every patient. However, most begin with a consultation to discuss all available treatment options and determine whether a dental bridge is the best solution. If so, then the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth and take a dental impression to customize the dental crowns. Once they are ready, the dental crowns are placed, followed by the attachment of the dental bridge to complete the restoration.
When is a dental bridge a good option?
A dental bridge is most ideal for patients with one missing tooth or a section of missing teeth and not as ideal for patients that need full arch replacement. Also, a dental bridge is often too large to fix natural gaps. When compared to alternative tooth replacement solutions, a dental bridge is more affordable than dental implants on average and more durable than partial dentures.
What other choices are there for repairing teeth gaps?
If the gap is small and not the result of a missing tooth, then it can often be repaired with dental veneers, which lengthen the teeth around the gap to fill in the extra space. Dental bonding may be an option as well and works in a similar way. The other common option for fixing gaps are orthodontic treatments such as braces and clear aligners.
Start the treatment process with a consultation visit
If you have one or more missing teeth, then you can get the treatment you need by contacting our dental office today. We can guide you through the dental bridge process, answering any questions, and addressing your concerns along the way. Speak with us today by phone or by sending us a message.
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