A dental bridge is used to replace multiple missing teeth. It “bridges” the gap between missing teeth. A gap between teeth can be cause for concern, allowing teeth to shift leading to bite issues or creating a space for build up of plaque and debris which can cause cavities and gum disease.
How Does A Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge uses two anchors surrounding the gap to hold the false tooth in place. Bridges can be supported in three ways: by natural teeth, implants, or a combination of the two.
A dental bridge can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting
Dental bridges are a viable option for anyone with one or more missing teeth. They may be fixed or removable and Dr. McCool can help you decide which type is right for you.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
Compared to a traditional dental bridge, dental implants are often the best solution for replacing teeth because they are the closest thing to a natural tooth.
While dental implants may be more expensive initially, they present the least number of problems in the future. And though dental implant surgery causes anxiety in many patients, the procedure is no more involved than the process of having a tooth pulled. Learn more about dental implants
Dental Bridge Repair
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems still sometimes arise. Dr. McCool also offers dental bridge repair. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come off, you should contact Dr. McCool right away. He is able to cement the bridge or replace it altogether, depending on the extent of the damage.