Bridges are a non-removable solution to many cosmetic and dental health problems. Some of the reasons for needing a bridge include the following:
- Filling the spaces of missing teeth
- Maintaining facial structure
- Preventing remaining teeth from drifting position
- Restoring chewing and speaking ability
- Upgrading a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
There are a variety of different bridges. Consulting with the dentist is necessary for deciding which option fits your particular circumstances.
The most commonly used bridge is a porcelain fixed bridge because it resembles your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two different crowns that are placed on two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The crowns are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Bridges, like most other dental restorations, may eventually require replacement or may need to be re-cemented due to regular wear. Although this is the case with many dental restorations, bridges are durable and strong. They can be expected to last many years and provide you with a complete and functioning mouth and smile.
If you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row, contact Albrecht Family Dentistry at 440-358-0495 today and plan your appointment with our dentists, Dr. Rusty M. Albrecht, Dr. Chandice A. Richards and Dr. Lundon Albrecht.