Why might a Greenwood dentist suggest bridges on teeth?
If a natural tooth is lost, it results in a gap. This gap can be the cause of many problems if left unaddressed. Issues such as misalignment of the dental arch can occur, affecting the bite. This may increase the risk for excessive wear and tear on the existing teeth, and the possibility of periodontal disease and decay, due to the many places in which plaque can become trapped. Greenwood area dentist, Dr. Christopher T. Griffin may suggest some patients who have lost natural teeth consider bridges.
Dental bridges are false teeth that are made for an individual patient to restore his or her smile. This bridge is made of porcelain using impressions of the natural teeth, and is fused to two crowns. These crowns are bonded over the adjacent teeth to “bridge the gap.”
A dentist may suggest dental bridges for patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row. Patients who desire a fixed restoration, unlike a partial denture, may choose the placement of a porcelain bridge. Additionally, bridges are a wonderful alternative for patients who are not appropriate candidates for other solutions such as implants. Dental implants require patients to have plenty of bone structure available for successful placement, and without this, the implant may not be the best method of renewing the smile. Dental bridges are considered by patients of all ages, and are custom-made for individuals based on the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth for seamless integration. Bridges are constructed in a manner that allows them to maintain the chewing and biting efficiency. Dentists can choose amongst a fixed bridge, a Maryland bridge, or a cantilever bridge depending on the specific needs of the patient.
Dr. Christopher T. Griffin is pleased to provide many solutions to dental care needs, and consult with patients regarding the best option for their smile. Call his practice today to schedule an initial appointment and find out if bridges, dentures, or dental implants are best for restoring your smile!