How Do Dental Bridges Work?

When it comes to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, the right dental prosthesis must serve a number of different functions. For instance, besides restoring your smile’s appearance, it also has to restore your bite’s ability to function and your teeth’s ability to enunciate your words clearly. For many patients, that prosthesis is a custom-designed dental bridge, which can effectively replace one or multiple adjacent teeth, according to your unique needs. Today, we examine how modern bridges work, and how the addition of dental implants helps optimize a bridge’s ability to rebuild your smile.

Conventional Dental Bridges

Traditionally, a dental bridge is a custom-made prosthesis that includes one or more replacement teeth (pontics) and up to two supportive crowns. The pontics are situated between the crowns, which are bonded to nearby healthy teeth (abutment teeth) to secure the bridge in place. Both the pontics and crowns are carefully crafted to mimic your healthy, natural teeth, ensuring that your bridge fits your smile’s appearance as well as the fullness and contour of your dental ridges.

Implant-Supported Bridges

While traditional bridges have long been beneficial for patients who’ve lost teeth, modern prostheses can often supported on one or more dental implants for even more comprehensive results. Implant posts are small, root-like titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone, and can support your bridge without your dentist having to modify your healthy teeth to accommodate additional crowns.

Ask Your Dentist if a Bridge Will Work for You

Conventional and implant bridges can rebuild your smile with highly lifelike results, depending on your specific needs and preferences. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.