Whether caused by an injury, tooth decay, or other oral health issue, tooth loss can make it difficult to eat and smile with confidence. For those who suffer from tooth loss, dental bridges are an effective way to replace missing teeth and restore the smile. Drs. Charles A. Robertson and N. Perry Orchard determine which patients will make ideal dental bridge candidates during patient consultations at their dental practice in Corpus Christi, TX. To find out if you're a candidate for dental bridge treatment, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. As the name suggests, dental bridges “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth. There are different types of bridges, but two of the most common are traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges.
Traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges are similar; each consists of two crowns joined by one or more artificial teeth. The difference is that the crowns of a traditional bridge are bonded to the teeth and the implant-supported bridge is attached to dental implants.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
Placing a traditional dental bridge does not require surgery, making this prosthetic suitable for most people missing one or several teeth. Ideal candidates for dental bridges include those who are:
- Missing one or more teeth: Patients who are missing one or two teeth may benefit from tooth replacement with a dental bridge, while those who are missing several teeth may be good candidates for implant-supported dentures.
- Not missing enough teeth for dentures: Those who are missing more than one tooth but not enough to require a full set of dentures often make good candidates for dental bridges.
- Unable to undergo surgery or wish to avoid surgery: Because traditional dental bridges do not require surgery, those who are unhealthy enough for surgery or would like to avoid surgery, may enjoy restored dental function with a dental bridge.
- Those who are interested in fast tooth replacement: Treatment with a traditional dental bridge can be completed in as little as two dental appointments, making it a fast option for restoring dental function and appearance.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are many benefits to undergoing dental bridge treatment. Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge helps restore the smile's appearance and dental function, allowing those who suffer from tooth loss to enjoy the comfort and confidence of a beautiful smile.
Traditional dental bridges also allow the restoration of missing teeth without the need for surgery, so there is no recovery time needed and patients can enjoy the use of the dental bridge immediately after placement.
Find out if a Dental Bridge Is Right for You
Don't let tooth loss keep you from enjoying life. To find out if you're a candidate for a dental bridge, or to discuss other tooth replacement options, please schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today.