Traditional Treatment for Missing Teeth
When you have a missing tooth, the extra space in that area can cause changes in your surrounding smile (not to mention embarrassment.) As teeth tilt and lean, they begin to wear down prematurely. Issues like TMJ disorder or feeling self-conscious of your teeth are common concerns.
Fortunately, dental bridges are an effective treatment option for filling in the space caused by 1-2 missing teeth.
Fixed Dental Bridges
A bridge looks like 3-4 crowns that are bonded side-by-side. Only the ends are functional, slipping over the supporting teeth or pair of implants like a protective cap. Between them are suspended the other crowns, covering the open area left behind by your missing teeth.
Do I Qualify for a Bridge?
Dental bridges are designed in a way that they depend on intact teeth for support. Typically, a conventional bridge is best for 1-2 missing teeth at the most.
If the teeth on either side of your missing one are not stable enough, you may be better off getting a dental implant.
In instances with multiple missing teeth, a longer bridge can be set over a pair of implants, restoring 3-4 teeth at a time.
The Treatment Process
Getting a traditional dental bridge usually requires two appointments about two weeks apart. During the first visit we’ll gently numb your supporting teeth to prep them, then take an impression. Once the permanent prosthesis is ready, you’ll come back to have it bonded into place.
What is the Best Tooth Replacement Option?
Our dentists work closely with each individual to talk through their oral health needs, goals, and best treatment options. Together, we’ll find the appropriate missing tooth treatment for your situation. Our variety of bridges, implants, and dentures make it possible to curate your rehabilitation experience in a way that fits your lifestyle.