Bridges and Implant Crowns
Bridges and Implants
Dr. White, a family dentist, has placed bridges in many of his patients. A dental bridge is commonly used if patients are missing one of more teeth. A typical bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth and is anchored in place using surrounding teeth or dental implants.
Bridges Attached to Teeth
Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination, but are commonly made from porcelain for aesthetic considerations. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
Bridges help you maintain equal amounts of stress on each side of your bite, and can assist your mouth in regular chewing and talking. To place a traditional bridge, a dentist will secure the crowns to the teeth on either side of a gap, so that they fill the space.
Bridges Attached to Dental Implants
Bridges that are attached to dental implants do not rely on natural teeth for support. To affix this type of restoration, Dr. White, a family dentist, will surgically embed tiny biocompatible posts made of titanium in the patient’s jawbone. The bridge is then attached to the posts to secure the entire restoration. Dental implants are the only dental restorations that mimic the entire structure of missing teeth, including the roots, making them the strongest, most stable method of securing bridges available.
Candidates for dental implants should be in good general health and have enough bone to support an implant. For some patients, implants help to preserve the jawbone where teeth have been lost.
Whether attached to your existing teeth or to implants, Dr. White, a family dentist, will place a bridge that gives you a smile that is fully restored in terms of function and appearance. Contact the family dentist office for additional information on bridges and implants.