Q&A: Dental Bridges Refresher

q&arainbowHave you been spending your time looking for ways to repair your smile? If you have been suffering from tooth loss, then a dental bridge is an option to restore your grin. While you may have some idea that bridges can replace one or multiple missing teeth, you may not be completely certain regarding the details. Allow us to help guide you toward the particulars with an informative question-and-answer session that is sure to provide you with the clarity you’ve been seeking.

Questions and Answers: Dental Bridges

Question: What exactly is a dental bridge?

Answer: A dental bridge is tooth replacement solution. It is considered fixed, which means we will cement it in place over your remaining teeth. The bridge is a single unit, composed of interconnected artificial teeth. The tooth on each end (which offers support) is called a dental crown. The teeth between the crowns are called pontics.

Question: Can anyone receive a dental bridge as long as they’re missing one or more teeth?

Answer: No. You may only receive a bridge if you are missing one tooth, two teeth next to one another, or three teeth in a row. You will also need healthy abutment teeth (the tooth on either side of the space affected by tooth loss) to support the bridge.

Question: What makes a dental bridge different than a partial denture? How do I make my decision?

Answer: A bridge is fixed and only addresses up to three missing teeth in a row. A partial denture is not fixed (it is removable) and addresses most configurations of tooth loss, whether their pattern is side-by-side or separated by remaining teeth.