Dental Bridges â€“ Are You a Candidate?
By Dr. Silvers on November 20, 2012
Are you missing one or more teeth? Then you may be a candidate for dental bridges. At Silvers Family Dental Care, a leading Harrisburg restorative dentistry practice, we can evaluate your oral health, answer any questions you may have regarding dental bridges, and recommend an effective course of action. Through comprehensive dental treatment, our team can help alleviate any symptoms you may be experiencing as a result of your missing teeth, restore your oral health, and rejuvenate the appearance of your smile. A gap in-between your teeth can cause you embarrassment and discomfort, and can impair your speech and the function of your mouth. If left untreated, it can also result in malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. Over time, teeth will naturally migrate to fill in the gap left by the missing tooth, which can result in a number of complications. Additionally, the gap is more susceptible to gum disease and bacterial infection, as it is exposed. If you are missing one or more teeth, treatment is essential to maintain and preserve your oral health.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that is intended as a solution for one or more missing teeth. Typically, it is utilized as an alternative to dental implant-supported restorations, which require more invasive surgery and a longer recovery time. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is sandwiched between two dental crowns. These crowns are placed over the teeth on both sides of the gap being treated, anchoring the pontic in place. The prosthetic is known as a bridge because the pontic, or false tooth, is not surgically attached to the location of the gap; rather, it is anchored into place by the surrounding crowns (dental cement is utilized to seal any gaps that may exist between the gum tissue and the pontic to prevent infection, but not for structural support). Our Harrisburg cosmetic dentist, Dr. Silvers II, has nearly two decades of experience in the field of dentistry, and can provide superlative, natural-looking results.
Are You a Candidate?
Nearly anyone missing one or more teeth can benefit from a dental bridge. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, you would be better served by dentures, but if you are missing only a few teeth, you may find that dental bridges provide the solution you are seeking. Why are dental bridges an ideal treatment option for missing teeth? The placement process is simple, they represent a budget-friendly alternative to implants, and the results of treatment speak for themselves. So who makes an ideal candidate for dental bridges?
- Individuals missing one or more teeth
- Individuals looking for an alternative to dental implants
- Men and women looking for a natural-looking, fully functioning dental prosthetic
- Men and women with healthy gum tissue
- Individuals with sound bone structure, capable of supporting dental crowns
If these traits describe you, we encourage you to contact our Harrisburg practice today. During your consultation, we can discuss your needs with you in detail, explain how dental bridges may be able to help you realize your cosmetic and oral health goals, and educate you on the procedure so that you can make an informed decision.
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