Dental Bridges – Weatherford, TX
A Simple, Effective Way to Complete Your Smile
Whether you’re missing one tooth or even several in a row, tooth loss can take a serious toll on your day-to-day life. Eating your favorite foods and showing off your smile are often challenging. Luckily, our team at Beacon Dentistry can seamlessly fill the gap with a customized dental bridge in Weatherford, TX. If you’re interested in a simple, effective way to complete your smile, contact us to set up a consultation and find out whether a dental bridge is just what you need!
Why Choose Beacon Dentistry for Dental Bridges?
- Energetic, Family-Friendly Dental Office Environment
- Dentists with Decades of Experience
- Dental Implants Placed In-House
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that is personalized to bring back a specific number of missing teeth. It can replace a single lost tooth, but we may also recommend a bridge for patients who have lost up to four consecutive teeth. A bridge consists of two dental crowns with one or more artificial teeth called pontics strung between them. Depending on the type of bridge you receive, we can secure these crowns onto either your remaining teeth or dental implants, enabling the pontics to “bridge” the gap.
Like dental crowns, bridges can be made from various materials, but we typically use porcelain here at Beacon Dentistry. Porcelain is not only durable, but so lifelike that other people shouldn’t even be able to tell the difference between your bridge and your natural teeth!
Types of Dental Bridges
The state of your oral health is the primary factor that affects which of the two types of dental bridges your dentist in Weatherford will recommend.
Traditional Dental Bridge
If the remaining teeth on either end of the gap are healthy, then we can place a traditional dental bridge. These two teeth, known as abutment teeth, will have to be reshaped slightly so that the restoration can fit. Traditional bridges only take a couple of appointments to place. Plus, they don’t require oral surgery, and they typically cost less up front.
If three or more teeth in a row are missing, then we can anchor a bridge onto dental implants. One or two of these small titanium posts are surgically placed into the jaw, where they merge with the bone and function just like tooth roots. They keep the jawbone healthy and strong by preventing the bone loss that occurs after teeth have gone missing. Dental implants tend to last much longer than bridges alone, making an implant bridge a more cost-effective investment in the long run.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
A conventional dental bridge is an affordable and relatively simple way to fill the gaps left behind by missing teeth. It lets you chew, speak, and smile with ease again. It also prevents your remaining teeth from drifting out of place, a common occurrence after tooth loss that could result in tooth decay, orthodontic issues, and other oral health problems.
When your bridge is supported by dental implants, you’ll enjoy all of the above benefits and more. For one, none of your natural tooth structure will have to be removed since implant bridges are self-supporting. You won’t experience bone loss in your jaw, and you’ll be able to chew with virtually all of the strength that your natural teeth had.
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