What an awful feeling it is to lose a tooth as an adult. It’s embarrassing, possibly painful, and can be a nuisance as well. Trying to speak and chew after losing a tooth can feel uncomfortable and unnatural. It can also be overwhelming, when you consider how many restorative options there are for completing your smile. Dental implants are a popular choice, as are dentures. But did you know that dental bridges are another great option, one that might be right for you? Dental bridges offer stability and beauty, making them a great way to regain your confidence after tooth loss.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Like many restorative dental treatments, a dental bridge uses a replacement tooth to fill the gap created by the tooth loss. What makes it unique, however, is that it is secured in place by crowns that are affixed to the teeth adjacent to the gap. This creates not only a strong restoration, but a beautiful one as well, since the porcelain crowns and replacement tooth will all be carefully crafted to match your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns cover the entire exposed portion of each abutment tooth with durable porcelain that is not only shaped to look like a natural tooth, but also dyed to match the specific color of your smile. In between these crowns, an artificial tooth hovers over the socket of the missing tooth. This section of the bridge replaces tooth function and restores your ability to chew with ease.
Restoration is necessary after tooth loss, even if the missing tooth is not in a highly visible part of your mouth, because it helps to preserve your other teeth’s natural alignment. Without some form of restoration, you may encounter severe, even painful misalignment.
Much like a structural bridge, dental bridges consist of two anchor points which support a structure over a gap. Dental bridges include two porcelain crowns, bonded to surrounding teeth, which support an artificial tooth in the middle. The teeth surrounding the gap, known as abutment teeth, are the bases for the dental bridge.
What Makes Bridges Different?
- Dental bridges offer increased confidence and stability, both while smiling and chewing.
- Bridges are a more affordable option than dental implants.
- Because a bridge uses porcelain crowns, your completed restoration will be beautiful and natural-looking.
About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and surrounding communities.