In the field of restorative dentistry, there are many solutions designed to give a patient the fullest use of their teeth and gums. Dental implants, dental crowns, and dentures are among them, yet one of the most familiar and commonly used solutions is dental bridges. At Family and Cosmetic Dentistry – Dr. James L. Schmidt & Associates in St. Louis, MO we encourage anyone who has lost one or more teeth (or who is at risk for such loss) to get in touch and discuss this restorative dentistry solution.
Why Dental Bridges?
Why are dental bridges a commonly used solution? It is because of their flexibility. After all, they provide substitutes for any missing teeth, but they are fixed in place and allow you to feel confident and comfortable always.
As your chosen dentist in St. Louis, we put a premium on patient education, so let’s take a few moments to really understand dental bridges and what they do. As the name implies, a dental bridge does “bridge” the gap left by the loss of a tooth (or several teeth). And like a bridge, it requires abutments, which are the healthy teeth at either end of the bridge.
They are like dentures in that they are designed to fill in for the lost teeth, but they are unlike implants as they sit on the gum and do not penetrate the tissue. They use the two healthy teeth to hold the bridge in place, and usually, both teeth are treated with dental crowns to ensure their long-term health. After all, they do come under pressure as they hold the dental bridges in place.
Our restorative dentist provides you with a dental bridge if this is the most viable solution. It will begin by assessing the health of the teeth to serve as abutments, and even suggesting a dental implant for one or both teeth if that will ensure better results. Then, special measurements and molds are made, and a lab crafts the restoration. These artificial teeth will look just like your natural teeth and function like them, too.
Restore Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
The bridge preserves your natural bite, but restores your mouth to its fullest function. When it arrives from the lab, we have you come in and it is fitted and bonded in place. It is a very reliable and long-term solution, and if you are eager to learn more, give us a call at our St. Louis, MO office at 314-968-7979. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.