A dental bridge can replace a missing tooth, giving you an attractive, functional smile. It consists of a filler tooth supported by dental crowns on teeth adjacent to the space. The dental bridge uses durable aesthetic ceramic that looks like your natural teeth and can last for a decade or more.
Fitting a dental bridge depends on the skill and experience of the dentist. With over 25 years as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kenneth Siegel has helped many people get great results with dental bridges in Blue Bell. And his training in neuromuscular dentistry means he knows how to place bridges that are comfortable and don’t interfere with the smooth function of your bite.
If you are missing a tooth or facing the loss of a tooth, we can help. Please call 610.272.0282 today for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
Why Dental Bridges?
If you have lost a tooth, it is important to replace that tooth to prevent damage to other teeth and future tooth loss. A missing tooth affects the balance of forces in your mouth and can cause:
- Additional stress on other teeth, leading to fractures
- Shifting of teeth that are not braced by adjacent teeth
- Ineffective chewing
- Poor bite, which can lead to TMJ
In addition, a gap can make your teeth harder to clean, leading to gum disease and tooth decay.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a good choice for replacing teeth. With a dental bridge you enjoy:
- Attractive tooth replacement
- Fixed restoration–it won’t come loose
- Full biting and chewing force
- Long-lasting restoration
A dental bridge looks like a natural tooth. The tooth replacement is subtly fused to the supporting dental crowns. Someone would have to look very close to see the connection. Since it’s bonded in your mouth, it doesn’t come loose, and you can bite and chew normally–you won’t have to give up foods or take out a denture to eat. Plus, dental bridges are long-lasting. They usually last a decade or more.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
However, dental bridges do have limitations. Dental bridges:
- Require modification of natural teeth
- Can shorten the life of supporting teeth
- Don’t stimulate gums and jawbone
- Only usable in limited situations
When we place a dental bridge, we have to remove natural tooth enamel to place the supporting crowns. Dental enamel is precious and irreplaceable, so we’d rather not remove it unnecessarily. Bridges put extra strain on the supporting teeth. Sometimes, this means those supporting teeth don’t last as long.
Dental bridges also don’t stimulate your jawbone. This means your body will remove supporting bone. Over the long-term, this can lead to a gap under a dental bridge. Because dental bridges place extra strain on your natural teeth, there are many situations where they don’t work. Typically, we can only replace one missing tooth with a bridge.
Is a Bridge Right for You?
A dental bridge is a good tooth replacement option, but in some cases a dental implant may be recommended. A dental bridge may be best if:
- You do not have adequate jawbone to support an implant
- You don’t like the thought of surgery
- The teeth on either side of the gap need restoration and will benefit from dental crowns
During your consultation, we will talk about your options and help you decide if a dental bridge is best for you.
If you have lost a tooth or are facing the loss of a tooth in Philadelphia, please call 610.272.0282 or email Dental Excellence of Blue Bell to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Siegel.