If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, talk to Dr. Robert Neighbors or Dr. Brian Herod about dental bridges. A popular restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatment at our practice in Midlothian, VA, dental bridges are lifelike prosthetics that serve as permanent substitutes for a missing tooth or a few missing teeth.
Learn if you could be a candidate for a dental bridge today by setting up an exploratory visit with one of our dentists.
How does a dental bridge work?
A fixed dental bridge is an appliance created to span the space left by a missing tooth. Bridges are made of two distinctive parts. The ends of the bridge, called abutments, are dental crowns that we secure over prepared permanent teeth. The middle of the bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) created from ceramic. Both components are fashioned into one solid piece, to make up the prosthetic appliance.
When placed, a fixed dental bridge cannot be removed by the patient, although it may need to be replaced if damaged or worn. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, you can expect to enjoy your dental bridge for five to ten years or longer.
Why choose a bridge?
Every patient has unique needs. In some cases, a bridge is the easiest and most cost-efficient way to replace lost teeth. A bridge’s purpose and benefits include:
- Keeping teeth on either side of the space from shifting into the space.
- Improving clarity of speech.
- Improving ability to chew foods.
- Providing support, to reduce the risk for an aged appearance.
- Improving self-confidence for the patient.
- Also, replacing lost teeth reduces the risk for further tooth loss.
Of course, you should speak with Dr. Neighbors or Dr. Herod to determine if you are a candidate for a fixed dental bridge. Contact our office in Midlothian, VA, by calling (804) 794-8745.
Please note that dental bridges are just one restorative treatment for replacing lost teeth. Our goal is to give you a solid, healthy smile that will endure for years to come.