A bridge is similar to a crown, but it uses three or more units instead of just one. A dental bridge replaces missing teeth by using the adjacent teeth for support. A bridge to replace one tooth consists of two crowns, which are attached to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, and a false tooth or “pontic,” which fills the empty space.
Bridges or Implants: Which is right for you?
The difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant is a dental bridge can correct more than one issue involving adjacent teeth, whereas a dental implant only corrects the issue for a single tooth that is missing. Every case is different and unique, so if your best option is a dental bridge, then we will recommend a dental bridge. Patients who are not candidates for dental implants may be recommended a dental bridge as an alternative treatment option.
There is also the option to combine a bridge and an implant into what is called an implant-supported bridge. Traditional dental bridges are fabricated to fit on your natural teeth, whereas implant-supported bridges are fabricated to fit on implants. Dr. Allen will discuss the best type of bridge to meet your oral health needs when you visit our office.
Bridges at Dallas Dental Arts
The treatment for a dental bridge entails two or more appointments at our Dallas dental office. Once the tooth is extracted, there are only two steps. The first is to prepare the adjacent teeth and ensure that these teeth are able to withstand a dental bridge. At this appointment, you will leave with a temporary bridge. The second step is inserting the final bridge once it is ready.
Caring for a dental bridge requires just a little more attention than a natural tooth or normal crown. With a dental bridge, you do have to make sure you floss underneath the pontic area, or the area where the tooth is missing. Making it to your dental hygiene appointments is also important so that Dr. Allen and your hygienist can make sure you are keeping the surrounding teeth clean and healthy.