Are you dealing with a serious gap in your smile as the result of tooth loss? If so, you are likely feeling less than enthused about struggling with this open space – it may cause you some embarrassment as a result of the way it looks. In addition, missing teeth may lead to problems with your dental hygiene and your ability to enjoy the quality of life you are accustomed to. Fortunately, we offer tooth replacement solutions like dental bridges, which are particularly adept at filling smaller gaps. Take a few moments to learn more.
Dental Bridge Details
First, it is important to understand what makes a dental bridge unique. A bridge, unlike a partial denture, is known as a “fixed” prosthetic teeth replacement solution. Receiving one means the long-term placement of a device that will not come in and out of your mouth on a daily basis – instead, it will stay where it is for years. As for the construction, a bridge is made up of one dental crown on either end – these will be secured over the remaining teeth in your smile that sit on either side of your open space. Connected between these crowns are “pontics” – or artificial teeth – to bridge the gap in your grin.
Not everyone qualifies for a dental bridge. Fortunately, if you are missing the correct number of teeth (and in the right order) you likely make a good candidate. Consider the following requirements:
- You are missing one, two, or three teeth in a row – not separated by remaining teeth
- You have remaining natural teeth (anchor teeth) resting on either side of the gap in your smile that are healthy enough to support the dental bridge