A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the jaw joint disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Doctors at Care Dental can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.
When you come in for a dental restoration consultation, Dr. Amit Sadhwani will fully examine your teeth, jaw and bone structure. He'll ask you exact questions to find out what you need and expect from your new teeth, and he will work with you to find the solution that will work the best for you.
In the case of missing teeth, sometimes a dental implant is the solution that patients prefer, because the implant protects your underlying bone from wasting, and doesn't require any alteration or cutting of your remaining teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implant surgery. Care Dental has the answer if you are a qualified candidate for dental implants, and can explain to you fully your options.
If you and doctors at Care Dental decide that a bridge is right for you, then we can use a bridge to complete your Smile makeover.