Missing teeth not only impact your appearance, but can also impact your oral health as well, so it is very important to replace them. In general, we recommend restorative treatments such as bridges crafted from porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal because they are the most aesthetically pleasing options. Dr. Timothy Kelly can explain the numerous benefits of dental bridges during a consultation, such as how they provide restored function, restored aesthetics, and a restored ability to smile and speak with confidence.
A dental bridge can span a gap of up to two or three consecutive missing teeth. Traditionally, dental bridges are supported by two dental crowns placed over the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental implants can also support a dental bridge for even greater oral health benefits. We can craft a custom dental bridge from porcelain-fused-to-metal or porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-metal and porcelain bridges are preferred materials because they more closely resemble real teeth. We can match porcelain bridges to the shade of your surrounding teeth for a more natural look.
Dental bridges are a restorative treatment that offers a number of functional benefits. Missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift and become misaligned. This shift can also cause problems for your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Gaps left by missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew and speak properly. Difficulty chewing can increase your risk of TMJ issues as you compensate with other teeth or muscles to eat properly.
Replacing your missing teeth will also allow you to chew with more comfort and ease. It can even improve your speech, reducing any slurring or unclear sounds caused by gaps in your smile.
Missing teeth can quickly cause the facial tissues in the cheeks and lips to sag and droop. This, combined with the missing teeth, can make you appear much older than you actually are. Filling gaps of missing teeth provides your facial tissues with the support they need while improving the appearance of your smile. With tooth-colored porcelain, your bridge will look extremely lifelike, closely matching the shade and appearance of your natural teeth.
Dental implants are considered the superior tooth replacement option. The implant posts are surgically embedded into the jawbone, replacing lost tooth roots that send regenerative signals to the bone. This process prevents bone loss and other health concerns associated with tooth loss. With dental implants, a dental bridge can be affixed directly to the implants with abutment pieces rather than dental crowns, preserving your remaining healthy teeth. They also provide better support and stability for your restoration because of the permanent, lasting foundation that dental implants provide.
If you are missing two to three consecutive teeth, contact our dental office today to schedule a consultation for a dental bridge. We can review your options for replacing missing teeth and answer any questions you have regarding the procedure, the cost of dental implants, and cost of restorations.