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Bridging the Gap: The Traditional Dental Bridge Procedure

By Joe McIntyre, DDS on August 30, 2017

Illustration of a traditional dental bridge being placed in the mouthAt Smiles for Life Dental Care, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive range of solutions to patients who are missing one or more of their natural teeth, including dental bridges crafted from the finest materials. Dental bridges are among the most time-tested and dependable methods of returning form, function, and health to the mouths of patients who are missing teeth. Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting provide patients with superior restorations that are strong and durable while blending inconspicuously into virtually any smile.

There are two basic ways to anchor dental bridges in the mouth. State-of-the-art dental implants can be used to secure dental bridges; this is the preferable option for most patients as implant-supported bridges are attached to titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jawbone. Simply stated, dental implants provide the strongest and most stable support for dental bridges that is currently available.

However, the traditional method of securing dental bridges remains perfectly viable and is an excellent choice for many of our patients. In discussing the traditional bridge procedure during consultations at our Harrisonburg, VA cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, our dentists detail the benefits and risks of the treatment, both in and of itself and in comparison to its implant-supported counterpart. Ultimately, the decision as to which option is best suited to your unique case will depend on many factors, including your personal goals and your budget.

Are you interested in learning more about the traditional bridge procedure and your tooth replacement options? If so, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Joe McIntyre or Dr. Dan Whiting at Smiles for Life Dental Care today.

About Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional dental bridge, also known as a fixed dental bridge, comprises between one and three artificial teeth called pontics along with two dental crowns. Depending on where the bridge is being placed in the mouth, one crown may be located on either side of the pontics, or both crowns may be located on one side.

When the crowns are attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the space once occupied by teeth that are now missing, the pontics will fill - or bridge - this space, creating the appearance of a complete smile. In addition to obvious aesthetic benefits, filling this gap will help to restore the bite and prevent the adjacent teeth from shifting out of their optimal positions in the mouth.

In order to accommodate the dental crowns that anchor the pontics, the adjacent healthy teeth must be filed down and then relied upon for support. Therefore, these teeth must be structurally sound for patients to be considered good candidates for traditional dental bridges. Because the alteration of healthy teeth is never ideal, even in the replacement of missing teeth, our dentists often encourage even good candidates for traditional dental bridges to consider dental implants.

Learn More about the Traditional Dental Bridge Procedure

To learn more about the traditional dental bridge procedure, please contact Smiles for Life Dental Care today.

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