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What To Know About Dental Bridges

Why Would I Need A Dental Bridge?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. The American Dental Association reports that on average, adults between 20 and 64 years old have three decayed or missing teeth. Fortunately, you have multiple options for replacing these missing teeth, including dental implants, dental bridges, and implant-supported bridges.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a custom-made appliance that is used to replace a missing tooth or consecutive lost teeth by anchoring to neighboring teeth or implants on either side. If natural teeth are to be used to anchor the bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one are commonly prepared as we would for a crown and a crown is typically placed for long-term stability.

What to Expect With A Dental Bridge?

Placing a dental bridge is a multi-step process and the number of visits will depend upon the use of existing teeth or implants to anchor the bridge. When using your natural teeth, the preparation of both teeth allows us to create sufficient space to accommodate the materials needed to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth in place. Crowns and bridges are made from metals, porcelain, or a fused combination of the two materials and a ceramic material. The metal substructure serves to give the bridge its strength and the porcelain permits us to achieve excellent aesthetics.

Schedule A Consultation

After a thorough dental health analysis of your gums, existing teeth, and jaw joints, Dr. Weinstock will help you decide which type of dental bridge is the right fit for your health, budget and needs. Traditionally the bridge is anchored in place using adjacent teeth but we may recommend using dental implants to prevent the need for compromising adjacent healthy teeth.

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Dr. Weinstock can help you rebuild your smile so you can enjoy a confident and healthy smile for years to come. Contact our Philadelphia, PA dentist office at (215) 857-8054 or request an appointment using our online form.