A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth replacement that utilizes crowns or dental implants to secure the restoration in place. Traditional bridges rely on dental crowns on each side of the missing tooth. The crowns will be attached to healthy teeth, called abutment teeth, on each side. The crowns will act as anchors to hold the prosthetic tooth, called pontic, in place.
Dental bridges offer a simpler alternative to dental implants. For patients with healthy teeth, a dental bridge may be the best restorative option.
Should I replace missing teeth?
Missing teeth should be replaced, especially if those teeth were visible when you smiled or spoke. Without a replacement tooth, your bite could shift, causing problems with your jaw joint or surrounding teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge or partial will restore your smile.
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures replace missing teeth, but they have metal clasps that connect to an adjoining tooth. These state-of-the-art appliances are custom-made for durability and aesthetics. The dentist will attach your partial denture to a dental implant or dental crown.
Partial dentures are typically made from a combination of metal and plastic. The metal clasps attach to your adjacent tooth, and the plastic base fits securely in your mouth.
How are bridges and partials placed?
Bridges and partials are both fixed (non-removable) dental appliances that replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. The difference between the two is that a bridge replaces just a few missing teeth, while a partial replaces multiple missing teeth on the jaw ridge.
A bridge is permanently attached by placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth is suspended between the crowns. A partial denture attaches to your natural teeth by clasps, and a false tooth is suspended between.
Are bridges and partials right for me?
Bridges and partials are two popular options for tooth replacement. Both appliances can correct your bite and fill in the spaces created by missing teeth.
Although dental implants are the gold standard tooth replacement option, people who are missing only one or two teeth may be good candidates for bridges or partials. Bridges are attached to the teeth surrounding the gap, whereas partial dentures are removable.
What should I expect after a bridge or partial
In certain cases, a bridge or partial may be placed immediately after tooth extraction. However, in other cases, it may be necessary for a healing period of six to eight weeks. During this time, you will be provided with a temporary restoration. Once the gums have healed, you’ll return to our office for permanent placement of your bridge or partial.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gerard and Moore Dental, call (505)-293-6125 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 8310 Palomas Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109.