It can be a terrifying experience when you lose your teeth, but at Bacsa Family Dental and Implant Center, we are equipped to handle dental restoration with ease, care, and support for a speedy solution to your tooth loss.
Tooth loss isn’t always limited to just one tooth. A dental bridge can be the perfect solution when you need to replace single or multiple teeth.
Unlike dentures, bridges are not removable and instead use fixed devices that are cemented into place with permanent but gentle materials. It is an easy way to fill in the gaps of a spotted smile with a type of innovative tooth replacement that looks and acts like the real thing.
A bridge typically uses a three-piece structure. Your natural teeth that surround the missing tooth are called abutments, and they are used to anchor your new bridge into place.
In addition to stopping further tooth loss, a bridge can also safeguard against premature wrinkles and age lines by adding extra support for your facial features. They are a restorative procedure with undeniable cosmetic effects.
What is the difference between a bridge and partial dentures?
While partial dentures serve a similar purpose, they are a removable device that requires greater care and attention than a bridge. You can have problems with your speech and when eating, and they require greater and more frequent adjustments than a bridge will.
Because your bridge is permanently secured into place, you don’t have to worry about your bridge slipping when you try to talk or eat.
A bridge can be a far more convenient and manageable solution, requiring far less adjustment for a ready-to-go tooth replacement that looks completely real.
With proper care and maintenance, your bridge can last up to fifteen years and even longer.
What is a bridge made from?
Your bridge can be made of any number of materials, depending on which is right for you. Popular materials can include gold, metal alloy, ceramic, and porcelain, or they can be made as a hybrid of these materials.
Dr. Bacsa will review your options with you and explain the benefits for your particular case, so together you can make an informed decision about your treatment.
What are the pros and cons of a bridge?
A bridge is not the only option for tooth restoration, but it is a popular, safe, and effective solution to tooth loss for many of our patients.
Pros of a Bridge
- Replacement for missing teeth
- Greater support for your jaw muscles and bone
- Improves your smile
- Can enhance the shape of your face
- Improves eating
- Doesn’t affect eating and speaking
- Holds other teeth in place
Cons of a Bridge
- Reduced tooth structure needed for placement
- Other teeth may need to be filed or shaved down to accommodate
- Not a preferred solution for younger or healthier teeth
We can help you determine if a bridge is right for you.
Bacsa Family Dental and Implant Center is bridging the gap every day to restore the healthy, happy, and vibrant smiles of Indianapolis.
Visit our online schedule portal or call our patient support team for more details on how a bridge can work for you!