Dental Bridges – Lebanon, NH
Bridge the Gap in Your Smile
If you are missing one or more teeth, you should certainly learn about your options for recompleting your smile. If you do not replace lost teeth, you could face several oral health complications. Here at Santavicca Dental Professionals in Lebanon, we often suggest that patients with one or more missing teeth receive a dental bridge. Would you like to learn more about this restorative treatment ? Continue reading this page, and then get in touch with us to request a consultation.
Why Choose Santavicca Dental Professionals for Dental Bridges?
- Top-Quality Materials
- Experienced Dental Team
- Insurance Welcome & Maximized
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that has the goal of replacing one or more teeth. A traditional bridge has a crown on each end. The crowns get attached to the teeth next to the empty space, called the abutment teeth. They support one or more pontics (artificial teeth) between them. Bridges can be constructed out of various materials, including porcelain and different types of metals.
We often recommend bridges for patients who are interested in an efficient and cost-effective way to address mild to moderate tooth loss.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are a couple of different types of dental bridges. When you attend your tooth replacement consultation, we will learn about your oral health and ask about your personal preferences. From there, we will be able to recommend the restoration that we believe best fits your unique situation. Depending on what we learn, we might encourage you to commit to either a traditional dental bridge or an implant bridge.
Traditional Dental Bridges
To place a traditional dental bridge, we must significantly modify the abutment teeth, which can be a downside to this treatment. However, the cost is relatively low, and you can expect a traditional bridge to provide reliable function for at least several years.
Instead of being supported by abutment teeth, an implant bridge gains its strength from prosthetic tooth roots, which are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Therefore, there is no need to modify any of your natural teeth. Implant-supported tooth replacement is superior to traditional options in many ways, but it does require more time and a greater financial commitment.
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge offers a number of benefits:
- It can restore your ability to eat easily on both sides of your mouth.
- Bridges can look very natural and improve your confidence in your smile.
- Depending on where in the mouth it is, a bridge may make it easier for you to speak clearly.
- A bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from drifting out of place and leading to a misaligned bite.
- With proper care, a bridge may last for 10 years or longer.