Missing teeth and the gaps may cause health problems in addition to destroying your smile. However, modern dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. As a result, these bridges restore the important balance of your bite and restore your smile to its original beauty. With today’s modern advancements, dental bridges are created with a vibrant and durable form of porcelain that mimics the translucency of your natural tooth enamel. Dental bridges are ideal for patients who are missing one or two teeth in a row. Dr. Fotek offers both implant-retained and traditional bridges at our state-of-the-art Jupiter office. Instead of hiding your smile, contact us today to learn how dental bridges can help you rebuild your confidence, self-esteem, and smile.
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Like other bridges, a dental bridge has a few necessary parts required to effectively cover the gap. In any case, the building of your dental bridge will depend on a wide number of factors, such as the health of your neighboring teeth and the number of replacement teeth needed. However, all dental bridges will have two essential components such as:
Abutments are the dental crowns located on each side of the bridge used to anchor the bridge. It’s vital for these abutments to be on healthy teeth because the success of the bridge weighs heavily on these teeth. Dental bridges can also be anchored with dental implants.
Pontics are the replacement teeth or tooth that fills the gap left by the missing tooth. Bridges can be made up of two or three pontics. These teeth are carefully crafted by our lab technicians and are essentially indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
In the beginning stages of the process, Dr. Fotek will meet you for a consultation, simple visual oral exam, and to perform digital x-rays. During this process, she will make sure your potential abutment teeth and bone are strong enough to support a traditional bridge. If your underlying bone structure is sufficient, she could suggest an implant-retained bridge. Whether you are looking to replacing one tooth or two, Dr. Fotek will explain your options, and help you choose the best prosthetic replacement based on your lifestyle and health needs.
Most people with one or two missing molars are not concerned. While these teeth do not instantly detract from the appearance of your smile, they can lead to several health issues, such as the misalignment of your remaining teeth, TMJ disorder, and further tooth loss. The best solution is to utilize dental bridges for a versatile and reliable solution for those missing teeth. For more information about the benefits of dental bridges and how it can enhance your smile, contact our Jupiter office today for a consultation.