DENTAL BRIDGES—REPLACING ONE OR A FEW TEETH
A dental bridge is designed to replace a lost tooth, or up to three lost teeth in a row, to close the gap in your smile. Placing a dental bridge not only restores your smile’s beauty, but also its ability to bite and chew, and to enunciate your words clearly. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then learn if a dental bridge is the right replacement option by speaking with Dr. Keelan at your earliest convenience.
How to Build a Dental Bridge
Today, dental bridges are often crafted from dental porcelain or zirconia and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. A conventional bridge consists of an appropriate number of lifelike replacement teeth (called pontics) situated between two equally lifelike dental crowns. The crowns are affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth), which are modified to support the crowns and dental bridge.
In some cases, Dr. Keelan may suggest replacing your lost tooth or teeth with a dental implant-supported crown or partial denture. The implants are inserted underneath your gums and support your replacement teeth the way roots support your natural teeth. With dental implants, you can avoid having to modify healthy teeth to carry a dental bridge.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
The benefits of replacing lost teeth extend beyond your smile’s appearance. Closing the gap in your smile helps prevent your remaining teeth from shifting towards the empty space. Having a full smile means you can chew properly, enunciate clearly, and smile confidently once again.
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Make Your Smile Whole Again with a Dental Bridge
Don’t let tooth loss compound your dental health; replace your lost tooth/teeth with a custom-made dental bridge! To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our dental office in Butler, PA today at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.