Tooth loss compromises oral functions, affects the health of adjacent teeth, and detracts from the beauty of the smile. Fortunately, if tooth loss occurs, there are restorative dentistry treatments that can enhance oral health by providing a reliable replacement for missing teeth.
One of the most common solutions is a dental bridge. Dental bridges for missing teeth strengthen the smile and restore oral functions. At Desert Dental Alternatives, our Cathedral City, CA, patients can rely on dental bridges to fill in gaps left by missing teeth so that they enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile once again.
Dental Bridge Candidates
Dental bridges are restorations that are designed to replace a single tooth or a small set of missing teeth. Typically, a dental bridge is an ideal treatment option for any of our Cathedral City patients who have lost between one and three consecutive teeth. Dental bridges tend to be a good option for individuals who maintain good oral health, and those who have strong teeth directly adjacent to the area of tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Treatment Techniques
A dental bridge can be placed using either one of two techniques: dental crowns or dental implants. Dental bridges that are held in place with dental crowns are known as a “traditional” dental bridge. Traditional dental bridges consist of two dental crowns and a pontic piece, which is the prosthesis that replicates the missing teeth. When a traditional bridge is placed, the two teeth on either end of the area of tooth loss will be treated with dental crowns. The pontic piece is then bonded to the dental crowns so that it spans the area of tooth loss, filling in the gap to rebuild the smile.
If one of our Cathedral City patients does not have two healthy teeth directly adjacent to the area of tooth loss, they wish to leave their natural teeth untreated, or they simply want a more durable treatment option, they may opt for an implant-supported bridge. An implant supported bridge is held in place with dental implants. Using this technique, small titanium screws are surgically placed in the jawbone.
Once the mouth has healed and the implants have fused with the jawbone, a dental bridge can be attached to the implants. An implant-supported bridge is one of the closest replacements for the natural teeth. Another unique benefit of an implant-supported bridge is that it continues to stimulate the tissues of the jaw, which helps to prevent bone degeneration.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge addresses tooth loss so that our patients can enjoy a beautiful and fully functional smile. Dental bridges are strong and durable restorations that will never slip or fall out of place, which allows our patients to bite, chew, speak, and laugh with confidence. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for upwards of 10 years or more.
If you have suffered adult tooth loss, the team of experienced dentists at Desert Dental Alternatives can rebuild your smile. Send us a message at your earliest convenience to get more information about the comprehensive range of tooth loss treatments offered at our practice. You can also schedule an appointment by calling (760) 324-4450.