Dental Bridges – Melbourne, FL
Literally Bridging the Gap in Your Smile
Missing teeth come with their fair share of problems, such as leaving an eye-catching gap in your grin or making it more difficult for you to chew your food. So how can you re-complete your smile? In many cases, Dr. Rowley may suggest a dental bridge, a traditional type of tooth replacement that can be made out of lifelike, long-lasting materials. For more information about dental bridges and how they can be used to replace teeth, please reach out to our office.
Why Choose Rowley Family Dentistry for Dental Bridges?
- Start-to-Finish Dental Implant Treatment
- Natural-Looking, Durable Replacement Teeth
- Practice That Utilizes State-of-the-Art Technology
What is a Dental Bridge?
When you have lost either a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row, a dental bridge can be used to fill the empty space. Each bridge is made out of two crowns and one or more artificial teeth called pontics. The crowns keep the entire prosthesis anchored to your natural teeth or to dental implant posts; the pontics fill the space between them, thus literally “bridging” the gap.
Dental bridges are typically made out of materials that mimic the appearance of your natural tooth enamel. Our team can give you a personalized bridge that seamlessly matches your smile so that most people won’t even realize that you needed to have your teeth replaced.
Types of Dental Bridges
Should you get a traditional dental bridge? Or would it be better to get an implant bridge? Our team can help you narrow down which kind of bridge you should get after performing a thorough examination of your grin. Below is a brief look at both options.
Traditional Dental Bridge
We may suggest a traditional bridge if you’re only missing one or two teeth and if the teeth next to the gap are sufficiently healthy. Since a traditional bridge uses natural teeth for support, we’ll need to remove a bit of enamel from the teeth in question.
An implant bridge can be an excellent choice for your smile if you have lost at least three teeth in a row. You may have to wait a few months after dental implant surgery to get your final prosthesis, but the results will be well worth it; the implant posts will help your bridge feel more natural and provide additional biting strength.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
It’s generally better to have your missing teeth replaced as soon as you can instead of leaving your grin incomplete. Below are several benefits of getting a dental bridge that are worth smiling about:
- Fully Personalized: Your bridge will be designed to match your other teeth, allowing you to show off your newly restored smile without reservation.
- Prevention of Dental Drift: Filling in any gaps in your grin can help stop your remaining teeth from drifting out of place.
- Easy Maintenance: Once you have received your dental bridge, taking care of it is as easy as remembering to brush your teeth at least two times a day.
- Longevity: Many patients are able to keep their dental bridges for up to 15 years. Some bridges can last even longer than that depending on the care they receive.