You have choices when it comes to the way you want to replace missing teeth. For many Philadelphia Dentistry patients, dental bridges are their top choice. Less involved than dental implants, but just as effective in completing your smile, dental bridges are reliable, natural-looking, and – most of all – secure. Dr. Ken Cirka, Dr. Jessica Meier, Dr. Mimi Jeon and Dr. Stephanie Smith achieve amazing results when using dental bridges, restoring not only your oral health in appearance and function, but reinvigorating your self-esteem as well.
A dental bridge is named appropriately. The restoration bridges the gap between two teeth, eliminating the holes in your smile caused by missing teeth. Typically, a bridge is anchored in place with dental crowns. The prosthetic tooth is secured in the middle of the bridge, between the crowns, substituting for the teeth you have lost.
The combination of crown-bridge-crown is seamlessly created so that your dental bridge restoration looks and feels natural. A dental bridge restores the function of your smile and makes it whole again.
The artificial tooth that serves as the replacement for your missing tooth is known as a pontic. Once the bridge and crowns have been fitted and constructed to complement your natural teeth and overall smile, everything will be bonded together permanently. Your Philly dentist will not be satisfied until the placement of your bridge is precise and comfortable.
Dental bridges are commonly made from porcelain fused to ceramic. The goal for a dental bridge restoration is not just to replace missing teeth, but to strengthen and support teeth while making them look natural in shape, size, and color.
Keep in mind that your oral health must be in good condition for a dental bridge to be a viable option. If you are missing teeth because of gum disease, this problem will need to be addressed before any restorations can take place. But that’s a good thing – you want your mouth to be healthy enough to handle any restorative dentistry solutions that are put in place.
When you are missing a tooth or teeth, it is unwise to allow the problem to remain for too long. The teeth near the missing tooth area are more likely to shift to fill the hole that remains. This side effect not only impacts the way your teeth and smile look, but can also affect the shape of your face.
The subtlety of a dental bridge is appreciated by every patient who sports a bridge. The repair is hardly noticeable. Your dental bridge can last for decades if you take proper care of it at home and keep up with dental visits for preventive care. Patients who have received a dental bridge are happy with the minimal care that bridges require. Daily brushing and flossing is enough to keep your bridge healthy. And, of course, keeping your appointments for a dental exam and cleaning every six months by your Philadelphia dentist maintains the health of all your teeth.
Dental bridges are also a popular restorative dentistry solution because they eliminate the need for dentures. Any patient who fears a life with dentures and the upkeep they demand is usually happy to entertain the idea of a different type of dental restoration – especially one that doesn’t require any special treatment once it has been bonded permanently and reliably in place.
The best restorative dentistry solution for your missing teeth will depend on your overall oral health, budget, and willingness to undergo lengthier or more involved procedures. Strong and durable dental implants are often the first choice of patients with missing teeth, and if your jawbone is in good condition, it is typically a viable option. When time, budget, oral health, or other conditions prevent the placement of dental implants, a dental bridge gets the job done well.
Are you ready for your smile makeover at Philadelphia Dentistry? Make your consultation appointment at our Philadelphia dental office with Dr. Cirka, Dr. Meier, Dr. Jeon or Dr. Smith to find out what restorative dentistry solution is right for your missing teeth. No matter what option you choose, the repair will give you a beautiful, complete, healthy smile.
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