If you have lost one or more teeth, it can be more than just a nuisance when you are eating. Missing teeth can take a toll on both your self-esteem and your oral health. Fortunately, patients in the Dunedin, FL area have multiple options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, then a dental bridge may be an excellent tooth restoration option for you.
How dental bridges work
Dental bridges consist of one or more natural-looking, custom-designed false teeth called pontics that “bridge” the gap left by missing teeth. They are anchored by crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. Dental bridges are a great solution for missing teeth that:
- Prevent your other teeth from shifting into the gap
- Keep your bite healthy
- Restore your ability to eat and speak normally
- Boost your self-confidence
Bridges can be made from either porcelain that is attached to a metal framework or can be fabricated from one of the modern ceramic materials if you prefer a metal-free option. The adjacent teeth that will be “capped” with crowns to support the bridge will be prepared so that the crowns can be placed on them. Then, after taking impressions of your mouth, the bridge will be created to look like your natural teeth, so it blends in seamlessly with your smile. Once it is ready, it is permanently bonded with a dental cement into your mouth so you can eat your favorite foods and smile without worry again.
While a bridge is a great option to replace a missing tooth, dental implants also offer sometimes superior long-term results. Dr. Lepore will discuss with you which option is best for your unique circumstance.
Bridge Versus Implant
Call us to learn more
At Lepore Comprehensive Dentistry, we understand the value that a terrific, healthy smile has on all areas of your life. Dr. Lepore will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums before making recommendations on the best tooth replacement options for you. He takes the time to answer any questions you have, discuss the pros and cons of each choice, and learn what you like and don’t like aesthetically so he can custom design your treatment just for you.
Stop hiding your smile and call us today to learn more about your tooth replacement options! Our Dunedin, FL office can be reached at (727) 608-4690.