Bridging Gaps in Your Smile
Tooth loss affects millions of people in the United States, but for many people, it isn’t obvious. That’s often thanks to the help of a lifelike dental bridge, which is designed to literally bridge the gap left in your smile by a missing tooth. Dental bridges have long been a popular solution for addressing the loss of a single tooth, or multiple teeth that are adjacent to each other. The goal is to close the space in the ranks of your teeth, which not only restores your smile’s youthful, healthy appearance, but also your bite’s ability to function properly, and with optimal balance.
How to build a dental bridge
A dental bridge is traditionally a fixed dental prosthesis, meaning once it’s bonded in place, it can’t be removed without help from your dentist. The bridge consists of one or more highly lifelike replacement teeth, which are also known as pontics, and one or a pair of supportive dental crowns. The crowns are bonded to the healthy teeth that are adjacent to the gap in your smile, securing the pontic in place where your lost tooth used to be. In some cases, we may recommend supporting your bridge on a series of dental implants, which are prosthetic posts that are inserted into your jawbone to replace your lost teeth roots.
Learn if a fixed bridge is your best option
With a fixed dental bridge, you can replace your lost tooth or teeth and regain your healthy, full smile. To learn more about replacing a lost tooth or teeth with a fixed dental bridge, or to schedule a visit, call us at the Pecan Tree Dental office in Grand Prairie, TX, today at (972) 262-5111. We also proudly serve the residents of Arlington, Cedar Hill, Mansfield, and all surrounding communities.