Missing teeth can make you look years older than you really are. With more than 20 years of experience, Min Soo Han, DDS, replaces missing teeth using a dental bridge at SmileOne Dentistry in Upland, California. Dental bridges help restore your bite, so you can chew and smile comfortably again. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge, call SmileOne Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental bridge replaces your missing teeth with a prosthetic that uses your surrounding teeth for support. With a traditional bridge, your new prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, attaches to the two abutment, or supporting, teeth surrounding it to restore the look and function of your natural bite.
There are four types of dental bridges:
A traditional bridge is the most common. During treatment, your dentist fits your abutment teeth with two dental crowns to serve as anchors for your pontic (artificial tooth).
This step involves removing a small portion of tooth enamel and reshaping the abutment teeth to make room for the crowns. The pontic then attaches to the abutment teeth.
A cantilever bridge only needs one abutment tooth, so it’s ideal if you don’t have two healthy teeth surrounding the gap. It only requires one dental crown, but it’s not as sturdy as a traditional bridge.
Maryland bridges are the most conservative option. They attach to metal or porcelain framework, rather than abutment teeth. While less invasive than alternative bridges, a Maryland bridge is more prone to damage.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that bond to your jawbone to replace your tooth roots. An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to firmly secure the restoration in place. Though implant-supported bridges are extremely durable, they require oral surgery.
Missing teeth can significantly impact your oral health. When your bite has to compensate for even a single gap, it can put pressure on the rest of your teeth, raising your risk of cracked or broken teeth.
Your teeth also shift when you have one or more missing teeth. Without treatment, shifting teeth are prone to tooth decay and infection.
Along with compromising your oral health, missing teeth can alter the shape of your face. When your face doesn’t have the full support of your teeth, the skin surrounding your jaw can droop and sag.
A dental bridge can replace several missing teeth to help restore your ability to chew, maintain the shape of your face, and prevent your existing teeth from shifting.
To learn more, call SmileOne Dentistry or schedule an appointment online today.