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A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed.
A typical bridge consists of a pontic (a filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding abutments (crowns). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to occlusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
Traditional porcelain bridges are made with porcelain covering a metal shell. The metal provides strength and support for the porcelain which gives it a natural appearance. All-porcelain, also called “all-ceramic” bridges, use a ceramic shell instead of a metal shell to support the porcelain.
With advances in technology, these all-porcelain bridges can be used in a variety of situations. Dr. Smilovits will complete a thorough examination and listen to your desires to determine which type of bridge is best suited for you.
Why a Bridge?
Spaces left by missing teeth affect the rest of your teeth. These gaps can cause chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together. A poor bite may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. And shifting teeth may change your smile.
Dental Implants, Dentures or Bridges?
If you have broken-down or missing teeth, there are several options available to you, some of which are longer-lasting and more effective at maintaining oral health than others. Which is right for you? Click here for more information.
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