If you are missing one or more teeth, the gap between your teeth needs to be filled to prevent further complications. Remaining teeth can migrate into the gap, causing a bad bite; those gaps are also prime locations for gum disease to develop. A dental bridge serves both restorative and cosmetic purposes, effectively “bridging” the gap to keep your teeth in place and restore your bite (as well as your smile). Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates offers several state-of-the-art solutions for dental bridges that look and feel like real teeth, and your dentist will discuss your options to help you decide the best choice for you.
Like crowns, dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, the most common of which is porcelain fused to metal, to replicate both the appearance and strength of natural teeth. Other bridges may be made from porcelain alone, or even a resin compound; your dentist will discuss the pros and cons of your different options.
A traditional bridge usually consists of two crowns (placed over your existing teeth on either side of the gap) with one or more false teeth between them to fill the gap. Not surprisingly, the preparation process is similar to that of a crown, but a bit more involved; the dentist will file down the existing teeth, take a mold of the affected area, and apply a temporary bridge until the permanent one is created at the lab. At a subsequent visit, the permanent bridge will be installed.
With recent technological advances (and depending on the condition of your teeth), your dentist may recommend a less invasive resin-bonded bridge, in which the bridge is attached by porcelain or metal “wings” fused onto your existing teeth, as opposed to creating crowns for otherwise healthy teeth. Your dentist will let you know whether this type of bridge is an option for you.
Aesthetic Dento-Facial Associates remains on the cutting edge of technological advances in dentistry, offering a wide range of options for your oral health. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists to discuss your options for dental bridges or crowns, call our offices at 770-828-0000, or fill out our online consultation request form.