BUILDING BRIDGES TO HEALTHIER SMILES
A missing tooth doesn’t just affect your smile’s appearance; it also affects the teeth around it and how well your bite functions. Replacing it, then, is vital to keeping your natural smile healthy after having suffered tooth loss. A dental bridge is a custom-made prosthesis designed to fill the gap left by one or more adjacent missing teeth. With the help of a bridge, you have a better chance at preventing your remaining teeth from shifting, or from suffering damage as a result of uneven bite pressure.
Implant versus Bridge
Constructing a Dental Bridge
Building a dental bridge is much like building any other bridge; it begins with adequate support. To stabilize your replacement teeth, or pontics, a bridge consists of dental crowns on either side, which are secured to the teeth on each side of the gap in your smile.
The pontics between the crowns will replace the teeth you’ve lost (usually up to three), allowing the dental bridge to span the empty space and restore your smile’s beauty and ability to function.
If you’ve lost a significant amount of teeth, or if the few teeth you’ve lost are not next to each other, then Dr. Cornelius will discuss alternative tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or a partial denture.
Ask Dr. Cornelius if a Bridge is Right for You
A custom dental bridge restores your smile’s appearance as well as the proper function of your bite following tooth loss. To learn more about replacing your lost tooth/teeth with a bridge, call Dr. Cornelius’ office in Keller, TX, at 817-431-4200. We proudly the serve the residents of Keller, Roanoke, Trophy Club, Westlake, Southlake, North Richland Hills, and all surrounding communities.