Dental bridges are the tried-and-true treatment for missing teeth. They are effective and secure while also being less expensive than implants.
If you have gaps left behind by missing teeth, you probably already know it’s important to fill in the gaps to stabilize your remaining teeth. Left untreated, gaps allow nearby teeth to rotate out of alignment or shift into the open space, disrupting your natural bite and causing added stress to your remaining teeth. Missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw as well.
Orange County cosmetic dentist Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen has extensive experience with dental bridges and can determine if you would make a good candidate for a bridge. With advanced postgraduate training in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth reconstruction at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen offers numerous treatment options to solve the problems associated with missing teeth.
A dental bridge uses replacement teeth to span the gap caused by missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns that attach to healthy anchor teeth on either side of the gap. To make room for the crowns, the anchor teeth are reduced and shaped to accommodate them. When completed, the dental bridge visually blends in with your natural teeth and restores your ability to chew foods comfortably.
Dental implants are another popular option for missing teeth, and can be used to secure dental bridges. Implants require extensive surgery and months of recovery. In contrast, crown-supported dental bridges usually can be fitted in a couple visits. Crown-supported dental bridges are a good option for patients who are not good candidates for implants, and are also less expensive than implant-supported bridges.
Dental Bridge Candidate
A good candidate for dental bridges has:
- One or More Missing Teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can solve your problem. However, if you have several missing teeth, dentures may be a better solution. Your dentist can advise you on the best option in your case.
- Healthy Anchor Teeth. You will need strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth, called the anchor teeth, will support the bridge.
- Good Oral Care Habits. Daily brushing and flossing is important to prolong the life of your bridge. Poor oral care can lead to decay in the anchor teeth and damage the entire bridge.
Dental Bridge Lifespan
With proper oral care, dental bridges and the crowns supporting them can last from 5 to 20 years. Daily brushing and flossing are key to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and prolonging the life of your bridge.
You should also avoid chewing on hard objects, like ice, which could damage your crowns or the bridge. If you suffer from bruxism, the grinding and clenching of teeth, you should discuss with your dentist how this could affect a dental bridge.
A personal consultation is the best way to determine the ideal treatment for your missing teeth. Please call today for an appointment.