The 3 W’s Of Dental Bridges

The 3 W's Of Dental Bridges Missing teeth can cause heaps of problems for your oral health ranging from bone loss to inability to chew and speak to a lack in your smile’s appearance. A dental bridge is a common prosthetic device designed to replace one to three adjacent teeth by mounting onto existing teeth surrounding the void of the missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth are called abutment teeth and the replacement tooth is called a pontic. People with more than three missing teeth or with multiple teeth missing in random spread-out places across the mouth may want to look into partial dentures.

Who?

For those with one to three missing teeth, bridges may be a good option. Bridges are best when existing teeth surround the missing areas, so that there are options for abutment teeth.

Why?

Bridges can restore function to chewing. Oftentimes, people with missing teeth tend to overcompensate by chewing on the opposite side of the mouth. This overcompensating chewing makes one side of the mouth have excessive wear and tear, which leaves those tooth vulnerable to breakage, decay, and possibly more loss. Bridges can be color-matched to blend in with the rest of the natural teeth. This will create a natural look for your smile. Missing teeth can lead to a change in the shape of your cheeks and jaw. A dental bridge can keep your cheeks from sinking in, and it can also keep the remaining teeth from shifting.

What to Expect?

Your dentist will reshape the surrounding teeth to make room for the bridge. Extensive impressions and molds of your teeth, mouth, and bite will be made so that a lifelike restoration can be created. Once the bridge is completed, the abutment teeth will be crowned. These crowns will serve as anchors for the dental bridge. The bridge and crowns could be made of porcelain, metal, or porcelain-fused-to-metal materials depending on the location in your mouth.

Do you have a gap that needs to be bridged?

A dental bridge can restore your smile. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.