Like all dental restorations, a dental bridge is tailored to your unique needs and preferences. The highly lifelike dental prosthesis is made to replace a lost tooth in a way that restores your smile’s appearance and your bite’s function without being obvious. Therefore, the replacement tooth (or pontic) and the crowns that support it must be custom-designed to closely mimic your healthy, natural teeth. However, besides their specific dimensions, dental bridges also vary in another significant way – how they’re supported – and your dentist may recommend an implant bridge instead of a traditional one.
Traditional Dental Bridges
A dental bridge’s main purpose is to close that gap created in your smile when you lose a tooth (or two adjacent teeth). To accomplish this, your bridge will consist of equally lifelike supportive crowns on either side of the pontic. The crowns are bonded to the teeth that are closest to the gap in your smile, which your dentist will carefully prepare in order to support the bridge. Once bonded in place, the fixed prosthesis cannot be removed unless and until your dentist has to do so. While traditional bridges help countless patients regain most of their smile’s confidence and function, they lack the ability to restore the vital functions of your lost teeth roots.
A conventional bridge also requires that you sacrifice a certain amount of the healthy teeth structure that you still retain. By contrast, your dentist might recommend supporting your replacement tooth or teeth on one or more dental implants – small posts that are inserted into your jawbone where your tooth loss occurred. With the support of an implant post, your custom pontic won’t need the addition of supportive crowns, nor the support of your healthy teeth, in order to remain in place.
Ask Your Dentist Which Bridge Is Right for You
Modern dental bridges come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some include supportive prosthetic posts that mimic healthy teeth roots. To learn which bridge is best for you, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.