If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, it is important to consider tooth replacement. Even a single lost or extracted tooth can make an impact on the health of your mouth. It can limit your abilities to chew or bite, it can increase your risk of losing more teeth, and it can cause problems with your remaining teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a prosthetic can help to prevent some of these potential problems. When considering options of replacement, what are the reasons to choose a dental bridge? How can a dental bridge help your smile?
A dental bridge can replace adjacent or consecutive missing teeth that create a large gap. Think of a dental bridge as an architectural bridge in terms of function. A dental bridge is a series of one or more prosthetic teeth (referred to as pontics) anchored by a crown on both sides of the pontics (referred to as abutment teeth). The crowns can rest upon dental implants as well as healthy teeth. A dental bridge can be a good option when the missing teeth are adjacent to each other, but when your missing teeth are spread out across your smile, your dentist may recommend partial or full dentures.
A bridge can restore your smile’s appearance that may have changed after tooth loss. Bridges are often made of materials like zirconia or porcelain, which both have a tooth-like durability and appearance. A dental bridge can prevent your natural teeth from shifting into the gap created by your missing teeth. Restoring your smile can prevent too much wear on your other teeth that can happen when you overcompensate for missing teeth. Bridges that are anchored by dental implants can also help to prevent potential bone loss in your jaw.
A dental bridge can restore your smile when you have lost teeth. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.