Dental bridges are used to connect the space between teeth when there is a gap or missing tooth. The bridge consists of a false tooth called a pontic which is anchored by two dental crowns on adjacent teeth called abutments. The artificial tooth or teeth in the bridge can be made from metal like silver or gold or a more natural-looking material like porcelain or composite. The dental bridge is anchored on each side by natural teeth or dental implants if necessary.
Dental bridges can be essential to fill gaps between teeth making a smile whole and complete. There can be many reasons for tooth loss including:
- Disease or decay
- Tooth extraction
- Gum disease
- Genetic or medical reason (ectodermal dysplasia)
- Drug use
Not only do missing teeth impair a full, beautiful smile but they also affect your bite, chewing, jaw structure, speech, and the shape of your face. Missing teeth disrupt the entire functionality of the mouth as the teeth around, above, or below the gap will start to shift. It is important to address gaps before all your remaining teeth shift into the missing spaces.
The most common missing or extracted teeth are wisdom teeth, upper lateral incisors, and second premolar/bicuspids.
While removable partial dentures or false teeth and dental implants are also solutions to fill missing gaps, dentists will often suggest dental bridges instead. Bridges are the best option as they are fixed dental prostheses, proven to be the most effective, and are the most affordable.
Our dentists are well-versed with crown and dental bridge placement. Paired with skill and compassion, Brunelli Dental Partners is the best option for dental procedures in Reno and Sparks. The dental care you receive at our clinic is unmatched. Come see why we have a five-star rating and let us take care of your dental health!
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