Dental Bridges – Midland, TX
Bridging the Gaps in Your Grin
If you’re missing a single tooth or a few teeth in a row, Dr. Drisdale can fill in the gap with a dental bridge. Not only can this time-tested restoration help you eat and speak normally again, but it will also blend in with your surrounding teeth so that you can once again smile without feeling self-conscious about your appearance. If you’re interested in using a dental bridge to complete your grin, reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.
Why Choose John K. Drisdale D.M.D. for Dental Crowns & Bridges?
- Accurate Digital Impression System
- Customized, Natural-Looking Restorations
- Practice That Files Claims for PPO Plans
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that’s comprised of two dental crowns and one or more prosthetic teeth called pontics. Both the crowns and the pontics are carefully color-matched to your enamel so that they look as lifelike as possible. The crowns are supported by either your teeth or dental implant posts inserted into your jaw; the pontics between the crowns fill in the space in your grin. Once a dental bridge is attached, you can brush and floss it the same way you would your natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
You can either get a traditional dental bridge or an implant bridge depending on your situation. During your initial consultation, Dr. Drisdale will examine your smile and consider your medical history before deciding which type of bridge is best for your situation.
Traditional Dental Bridge
The crowns at either end of the dental bridge are attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. Traditional bridges are normally used to replace one tooth or two consecutive teeth. Note that to place crowns on natural teeth, we need to remove a small amount of enamel.
A dental crown can be attached to a pair of dental implants, allowing you to replace multiple teeth from the roots up. Implant bridges are often ideal for patients who are missing three or more consecutive teeth. Since implant bridges can be placed without making any changes to your natural teeth, they’re often considered a more conservative option.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
While you do have the option of not replacing missing teeth at all, using a dental bridge to fill in the gap will let you enjoy the following benefits:
- Dental bridges can help prevent dental drift. When there’s space in your smile, your teeth might start to move out of place, which can throw off their alignment. But with a bridge completely filling said space, you won’t have to worry about that.
- Dental bridges are easy to care for. You don’t need any special products to keep them clean; you can just brush and floss like you normally would.
- Dental bridges have long lifespans. Traditional bridges can last 15 years or more with the right maintenance. Implant bridges can potentially last even longer.
- Dental bridges enhance your appearance. You’ll once again have a complete smile to show off at job interviews and other important events.