When it occurs, the loss of your tooth can have resounding consequences that can increase your risks of losing more teeth in the future. To prevent those consequences, your dentist can recommend replacing your lost tooth with a lifelike dental prosthetic, such as a bridge that can rebuild your smile’s appearance and the health and integrity of your smile. Dental bridges are often crafted from strong, highly realistic dental porcelain to make your replacement tooth almost indistinguishable from the healthy, natural teeth around it.
Custom-Designed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge gets its name from its function and construction. A custom-made replacement tooth, or pontic, is designed to fill the gap in your smile with the support of two crowns that are anchored to the nearby healthy teeth. With the support of these abutment teeth, the pontic bridges the gap in your smile, restoring its appearance and preventing issues such as teeth shifting to take up the balance in your bite. A bridge can also help you smile confidently, eat the foods you love, and practice more effective hygiene to take better care of your smile.
For some patients, we may recommend supporting a dental bridge on dental implants rather than modifying healthy teeth for support. Implants posts are small, root-like anchors that are placed into your jawbone, and can be utilized to support a dental crown (for single tooth loss) or a small bridge with more than one replacement tooth.
Ask Your Dentist if a Bridge is Right for You
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then ask your dentist how a dental bridge can help you recover and reduce the risk of further tooth loss. To schedule a consultation, call Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.