Dental Bridges – Aesthetic Options To Bridge The Gaps In Your Smile

Just as interstate bridges are designed to connect one area to another, dental bridges serve as a way to connect one dental area to another by completing a smile that is missing a tooth or teeth. Also like constructed bridges, dental bridges are intended to be permanent and are made up of several pieces that are fused together to fit into an open space (where a tooth or teeth used to be). At Cromer & Cairns Dental in Vero Beach, dental bridges are offered as an alternative to partial dentures, and serve both practical and aesthetic purposes. They enable dental patients to eat and speak better, as well as restore the appearance of their teeth.

When it comes to choosing a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, the dentists at Cromer & Cairns Dental have extensive knowledge about the four primary types of bridges – a traditional fixed bridge, Maryland dental bridge (or resin-bonded bridge), implant-supported bridge, and cantilever bridge. These dental bridges may be made of several different types of material, including gold, alloys or porcelain, with each providing benefits to Vero Beach dental patients based on the area in need. The artificial teeth created to fill the space previously occupied by a real tooth are called pontics, and dental bridge patients receive a pontic for each missing tooth, created to resemble the shape and size of any missing teeth, regardless of the bridge chosen.

One advantage of dental bridges is restoring a natural look to your mouth/smile and the ability to speak normally, as missing teeth can impede proper enunciation. Other benefits for our patients in Vero Beach include maintaining normal facial structure by preventing bone loss from the jaw at the site of the missing tooth/teeth. In addition, dental bridges restore the ability to chew food efficiently, and prevent adjacent teeth from moving into the empty space, which can cause problems with your bite and lead to complications. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, our dentists pay close attention to specific dental needs and review all factors to determine whether a dental bridge is truly the best course of treatment.

At Cromer & Cairns Dental, we realize that every patient may not be a candidate for a dental bridge. But for many of our Vero Beach patients, a dental bridge can be the answer to a better and more complete smile. If you’d like to find out if a dental bridge is right for your smile, be sure to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our friendly and experienced dentists.

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