Looking for a comfortable, long-lasting solution for your missing tooth? A dental bridge could be exactly what you need to “bridge the gap.” A dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. It uses the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support by using those teeth as anchor teeth for the missing tooth. Once the bridge is fabricated, it is cemented over the existing anchor teeth to provide enough structure for function and also close the gap where the tooth was missing.
Is a dental bridge the best treatment for your needs? We would be happy to discuss your options. Give us a call at (219) 836-4214.
What Exactly is a Bridge, and How is It Placed?
A bridge is an artificial replacement that is used to replace a missing tooth. It uses your existing natural teeth on both sides of the missing tooth as anchors for the dental bridge. Dr. Miller first prepares the natural teeth on either side to make room for the bridge to fit properly. They are used as the support structure for the missing tooth. Once the teeth are prepared, Dr. Miller will take a detailed impression that will be sent off to our laboratories to fabricate your new bridge. Once completed your new bridge will be cemented into place, closing the gap and restoring your mouth's function and appearance.
A bridge is just one option for replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant is the other option. They are both excellent ways to replace a missing tooth and restore function. There are some differences between the two that you will want to discuss with Dr. Miller. Below are some of those differences.
What are the Benefits of Traditional and Implant-Supported Dental Bridges?
Dr. Miller is here to help you choose the best bridge option for your specific condition, needs, and budget. Traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges both have their benefits:
- More affordable
- No surgery necessary
- Less discomfort or time spent healing
- Quicker to complete
- Preserves jawbone
- Easier to keep clean
- Does not require damaging healthy tooth material or structure on either side