A permanent bridge, or dental bridge, bridges the gap between healthy teeth created by lost or extracted teeth. The procedure involves putting crowns on the existing teeth on either side of the gap.
Permanent bridges are durable and look and feel much like your natural teeth. They have also stood the test of time, being a vital part of dentistry since the early 20th century and still a viable procedure today.
Considerations for Choosing a Permanent Bridge
In order for a dental bridge to be the best choice for your missing teeth, there have to be 2 healthy and stable abutment teeth. In preparation for fitting a bridge, these teeth will be reshaped and contoured by removing enough enamel to give space for a crown.
Removing some of this healthy layer of your teeth can weaken the tooth. Therefore, the only disadvantage of a permanent bridge is that there is a chance it won't be the best option for you. However, there are other great alternative restorations for missing teeth.
Why a Permanent Bridge Over Implants?
In lieu of the fact that implants are the method of choice for many dentists, permanent bridges are still frequently used in dental restoration. Not only is a permanent bridge an effective solution for missing teeth, but it also offers both aesthetic and functional restoration. With a bridge, you can chew normally without moving food around in your mouth.
It can also build confidence when speaking and interacting with others, as well as fill the gap that may affect your speech. If enough teeth are missing, the shape of your face may be different than when you had your natural teeth, and a bridge can give your face a more natural appearance. Finally, a permanent bridge will prevent your existing teeth from shifting out of position.
Depending on certain factors, including the nature of your existing teeth, a permanent bridge may be the best restoration for missing teeth. Contact our office to discuss your dental care goals.