Dental Bridges in Gonzalez
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option. If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, a bridge can fill the gap. A bridge consists of a row of connected artificial teeth. In a traditional bridge, each end is a crown that fits over the existing tooth on either side of the gap. The crowns hold the bridge in place.
There are other types of bridges, such as implant-supported bridges, which are held in place by two dental implants on either side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are only supported by a crown on one side of the bridge. Maryland bridges are attached with metal pieces that are affixed to the existing teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have many benefits as a tooth replacement option:
- Affordable. A dental bridge costs significantly less than multiple dental implants and is typically covered by insurance.
- Improved chewing ability. A bridge makes it easier to chew where your tooth was missing.
- Improved appearance. When you are missing a tooth in a highly visible area of your mouth, a bridge provides a natural-looking replacement.
- Ideal for patients with limited jawbone structure. When a tooth has been missing for a while, the jaw bone and support structures for that tooth will weaken and eventually dissolve. A bridge can be placed even if your jawbone structure is not sufficient to support a dental implant.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
An ideal candidate for a dental bridge has one or a few missing or damaged adjacent teeth. It helps to have two intact teeth on either side of the gap that can support crowns. If not, an implant-supported bridge may be an option. If you are missing most or all of the teeth on either your upper or lower jaw, you may be a better candidate for partial or full dentures.
Why Choose Byron R. Rome, DDS?
Creating a bridge that fits properly and looks natural requires experience and skill. As a board-certified dentist, Dr. Rome has the expertise to provide you with a dental bridge restoration that will look natural and function well. A properly fitting dental bridge will last longer and put the least possible strain on the healthy teeth on either side.