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Dental Bridge - Arlington, TX
Lost a Tooth? Let Us Help
Some teeth are lost in accidents while others need to be extracted to stop an infection from spreading. All across America, about 120 million people are missing at least one tooth. If you don’t want the gap in your mouth to throw off the balance of your bite or draw attention whenever you smile, talk to Dr. Ravi Doctor about dental bridges. These restorations can act as lifelike substitutes for multiple teeth in a row in appearance as well as in function. Call us today to ask for a consultation.
Why Choose Arlington Dental Professionals for Dental Bridges?
- Natural-Looking, All-Porcelain Restorations
- One of America’s “Super Dentists”
- Over 30 Years of Experience
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration made of one or more artificial teeth held between a pair of crowns. It gets its name from the fact that it spans – or bridges – the space left in your mouth when a tooth is gone. They can be used to take the place of a single tooth, but they’re also offered to patients who have lost multiple teeth in a row. (The number of teeth you’ve lost determines how many artificial teeth, or pontics, are used.) Bridges are typically permanently anchored in place, meaning they’re brushed and flossed as if they were real teeth.
How to Know If a Dental Bridge is Right for You
The best candidates for dental bridges have usually lost between one and three consecutive teeth. You should already be in good oral health before you receive your bridge, so be sure to talk to Dr. Doctor about gum disease or tooth decay that is already present in your mouth. If you want a traditional bridge, we’ll need to confirm that the teeth on either side of the gap are still healthy enough to support crowns; on the other hands, if you’re thinking about an implant-retained bridge, we’ll need to examine your jawbone to see if it has the density required to join with the posts.
Types of Dental Bridges
When you’re asking for a dental bridge, it helps to already have a clear idea of what kind you want. There are two types of bridges that you may receive:
- Traditional: To place a traditional bridge, natural teeth are prepared by having small amounts of enamel taken away. Said teeth are then covered by the crowns at either end of the bridge. No surgery is required, and you can receive your restoration in as little as two appointments.
- Implant: Your bridge can be anchored to a pair of dental implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone. Dental implants require little maintenance, but they last for decades while also acting as replacement tooth roots, thus giving your new smile additional strength and stability. This approach avoids the need to make permanent changes to still-healthy teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
While you could leave the empty space in your mouth alone, replacing your teeth with a dental bridge instead will allow you to:
- Restore your beautiful smile.
- Stop your teeth from drifting out of place and creating bite problems.
- Continue chewing and speaking properly.
- Maintain the current shape of your face.