Dental bridges offer an effective solution for replacing missing teeth. The importance of replacing missing teeth cannot be over-stressed. Missing teeth can change the tension of your bite, cause uneven tooth wear, and even result in structural changes to your jaw as adjacent teeth slip into the empty spaces. Missing teeth can also make your smile look and feel less attractive, making them a primary aesthetic concern as well.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. The bridge itself is supported by dental crowns placed over your adjacent teeth which will support the structure of the bridge.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges do not provide the permanent solution to missing teeth offered by dental implants. However, for patients who are not ideal candidates for dental implants, dental bridges do offer some clear advantages over dentures.
The benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restoration of function
- Restoration of appearance
- Restoration of bite force
- Protection against adjacent tooth slippage
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges – These bridges are supported by dental crowns placed on two adjacent teeth
- Cantilever bridges – These bridges are used when only one tooth is available to support the bridge
During your initial consultation with Kansas City dentist Dr. Thomas Barton, the type of bridge that will best suit your needs will be determined.
Dental bridges are often a good solution for replacing missing teeth, but will not provide the strength and functional support of dental implants. Dental bridges cannot prevent bone loss in the jaw, which may require refitting or adjusting your bridge as time progresses. However, for patients who lack the jawbone density to accommodate a dental implant, bridges are often a better solution. Dr. Barton will discuss the benefits and limitations of dental bridges with you during your consultation.
Please contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Thomas Barton, serving patients in Kansas City and Gladstone, Missouri.