Visiting your dentist after you lose a tooth can be exciting as well as intimidating. You can finally take the first step to restoring your smile, but you may worry whether or not you’re choosing the best option for replacing your lost tooth. In many cases, the best option is a custom-designed dental bridge, which can restore your smile’s appearance as well as your bite’s proper function. To help you decide if a dental bridge is your answer to tooth loss, we take a look at how a bridge works and when it can offer the most comprehensive solution.
How a Dental Bridge Works
A dental bridge consists of a lifelike replacement tooth, also known as a pontic, that is custom-designed to mimic your healthy, natural tooth. The pontic is supported by bordering dental crowns, which your dentist will permanently bond to the adjacent teeth next to the gap. Both the pontic and supportive crowns of a bridge are often crafted from highly realistic dental porcelain, which is customized to match your tooth’s color, texture, and luminescence for optimal results.
When a Bridge Isn’t the Best Choice
Dental bridges are called such because they’re designed to close the gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth, or by several adjacent missing teeth. If you have lost teeth that are not adjacent to each other, or if you’ve lost all of your teeth on one or both dental ridges, then a bridge may not be the best option. Instead, a partial or full denture can be designed to replace all of your missing teeth and completely rebuild your smile.
Ask Your Dentist if a Bridge Can Help You
If you’ve experienced tooth loss, then a dental bridge may be the best way to replace the lost tooth and rebuild your smile. 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 Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.