Partial tooth loss – even a single tooth – can affect confidence and oral health. Whether you are missing one tooth or up to three teeth in a row, we encourage you to speak with our team about whether dental bridges will work for you. These prosthetics can effectively and efficiently complete your smile for a significant improvement in comfort, function, and beauty.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges look like a series of connected artificial teeth that replace one tooth or up to three teeth in a row. Artificial teeth called pontics fill the open space while the dental crowns that rest on either end of the prosthetic offer support. During placement, we will bond the crowns over your natural “anchor” teeth situated on either side of your smile opening. By color-matching the crowns and pontics to your remaining natural teeth, you will achieve a beautiful complete, uniform smile.
The Benefits of Bridges
Patients sometimes consider tooth replacement a cosmetic treatment, but restoring your smile after tooth loss is considered restorative for a variety of reasons. The benefits include:
- Filling the open space prevents trapped food accumulation, for more effective and less challenging oral hygiene.
- Bridges offer a fixed, rather than removable, solution to missing teeth.
- You may speak with greater clarity.
- The ability to chew a wider variety of foods makes meals more enjoyable.
- Replacing missing teeth prevents surrounding natural teeth from migrating into the open area and causing misalignment.
- Bridges present a budget-friendly alternative to other solutions, such as dental implants.
Do I Qualify for Dental Bridges?
This treatment is appropriate for individuals with healthy anchor teeth who are missing one tooth or up to three teeth in a row. For greater tooth loss, or individuals whose teeth will not successfully support a bridge, we may suggest alternative solutions like implants or partial dentures.
Schedule a Consultation About Dental Bridges With Us
Dental bridges may be appropriate for patients who want to replace one tooth or multiple teeth in a row. For more information, please contact one of our Riverside Dental Group offices. We have locations in Corona, Moreno Valley, Riverside, and Temecula.