Dental bridge work consists of a series of artificial tooth crowns joined together as one piece. The crown in the center replaces the missing tooth, the crowns on either end fit over the natural teeth on each side of the gap, bridging the space like a bridge spanning a river.
Bridge work is a natural looking method of tooth replacement that can last for years, but it too has some disadvantages.
For one thing, potentially healthy teeth on either side of the gap must be ground down to fit inside the crowns of the bridge work. The extra stress is placed on these support teeth can cause them to weaken over time.
Restored teeth require the same conscientious care as the rest of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque; this will help keep your smile looking great for years to come.
Advantages of Porcelain Bridges
- They look great!
- bridges look, feel & function like natural teeth
- Porcelain bridges do not have the ugly gray line at the gumline that you see with metal bridges
- Your porcelain bridge will last many years, as long as you’re taking care of your teeth properly.
Disadvantages of Porcelain Bridges
- The teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth must be prepared for a restoration
- All of the teeth in the dental bridge are connected, so flossing is more difficult
- If one tooth on the bridge has a problem, the whole bridge must be replaced
To find out if bridgework can restore your smile, make an appointment today to learn more!