If you are missing one or more teeth, you should consider some sort of replacement. Even just one problematic tooth can continue to make an impact on your mouth even after it is missing from your mouth. Missing teeth can contribute to bone loss in the jaw, an increased risk of losing more teeth, and a shift in your smile. Replacing your tooth or teeth can help to prevent some of these potential problems. When looking at all the options available to replace teeth, when do you know which option is the right option for you and your smile? When do you know when it is time to cross that dental bridge with a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is very similar to an architectural bridge in form and function. A dental bridge is a row of one or more replacement teeth (referred to as pontics) anchored by a crown on each healthy tooth surrounding the gap (referred to as abutment teeth). There are many cases where the crowns will rest upon dental implants instead of healthy teeth. A bridge is only an option when the missing teeth are adjacent to each other. If there are more than three missing teeth, your dentist may recommend partial or full dentures as a more suitable replacement option.
Bridges are usually made of materials like zirconia or porcelain. Both of these materials closely mimic the natural substance of the tooth in both appearance and durability. Missing even just one tooth can make a significant change in your appearance and function of your mouth. A bridge can restore your smile to what it once looked like. It can also restore your ability to bite and chew.
A dental bridge can restore the appearance and function of one to three missing teeth. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.