The benefits and versatility of dental bridges
One of the favorite options for replacing missing teeth is dental bridges. A bridge is an artificial tooth or teeth, called a pontic, which is usually fused between dental crowns, to fill a gap left by missing teeth. The crowns are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the gap (abutments).
In Greenwood, SC, dental bridges are a very successful treatment under the watchful eye of Dr. Christopher Griffin. He makes certain the abutment teeth are healthy and stay that way. This is critical to the longevity of the restoration. If decay or periodontal disease were to attack the abutment teeth, the bridge would fail and have to be removed.
If the gaps left by missing teeth are not filled, the remaining teeth can begin to drift into the empty space. This will cause misalignment (malocclusion) of the remaining teeth. Misaligned teeth can cause many dental problems. They are harder to clean, and the spots that can’t be brushed can harbor harmful bacteria, resulting in the onset or advancement of periodontal disease. Additionally, malocclusion can cause bite problems, which can cause TMJ disorder, resulting in jaw and facial pain, headaches, as well as other discomforts.
Dental bridges have many other benefits as well. If missing teeth aren’t replaced, the remaining teeth have to bear a greater load, and the bite pressure isn’t balanced. This can cause excessive wear on the teeth, as well as risk fractures or other damage. Dental bridges restore balance, aiding in chewing efficiently as well as speaking clearly. They restore the aesthetics of your smile, making them an important option for full mouth restoration.
There are several types of bridges used in modern dentistry. A traditional fixed bridge is as described above. A resin-bonded bridge, also called a Maryland bridge, is typically used on front teeth. It is a replacement tooth attached to bands and bonded to adjacent teeth with resin. A cantilever bridge is supported on just one side. It is utilized when teeth are only available on one side of the gap. Bridges may be made of gold, alloy, resin, porcelain, or a combination of materials.
If you need to replace missing teeth, or have any other dental concerns, call (864) 229-2610 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Griffin. He will guide you to the best options to restore your oral health and your smile.