A dental bridge, sometimes called a partial fixed denture or “partial plate,” replaces one or more lost or missing teeth in the adult mouth. A dental bridge consists of one or several false teeth connected to and supported on either side by tooth crowns. The process for placing a dental bridge is faster and less complex than for a dental implant.
A dental bridge cannot repair a damaged tooth. The better solution for this dental challenge is a tooth crown. However, sometimes a tooth is so badly damaged extraction is necessary. In this case, a dental bridge can replace the missing tooth. In other cases, a dental implant is more appropriate, particularly when surrounding teeth are in poor condition.
Replacing a missing tooth is very important because a gap in your smile can cause remaining teeth to shift or rotate in an attempt to close the space, causing a misaligned bite to develop. Other issues may also occur as a result, such as gum disease or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Dental bridges are a traditional tooth replacement solution. However, because the construction of a dental bridge limits your ability to floss in that area, Dr. Kar may recommend a dental implant, which looks very natural and allows for brushing, flossing and other routine care to ensure optimum oral health.
Metal-Free Porcelain Dental Bridges
At InStyle Dental, we use only metal-free porcelain dental bridges and other restorations. Our patients appreciate the very natural result, which cannot be achieved with a porcelain fused to metal or all-metal dental bridge.
Your metal-free porcelain dental bridge will be:
- Shaped naturally, like your own teeth
- Tinted to match surrounding teeth
- Functional like a normal, natural tooth
- Less sensitive to extreme temperature changes
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
A porcelain dental bridge can potentially last a lifetime. Occasionally, a bridge may come loose or fall out. If gum disease takes hold, your dental bridge may lose its support. Excellent at-home oral care and regular dental visits will help your dental bridge last many years. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. If some time has elapsed since your last dental visit, make an appointment with Dr. Kar for a checkup.