A dental bridge is a stable and cosmetically appealing treatment option if you have a missing tooth. Although dental implants are the most durable and attractive solution for replacing missing teeth, they may not be right for some patients with certain medical conditions or insufficient bone density. During your dental bridge consultation with Dr. Bellisario, we will help you determine the best tooth replacement option based on your individual needs.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
As the name implies, a dental bridge is used to bridge the gap created by your missing tooth, filling it with a dental crown. Porcelain dental crowns look and function just like your natural teeth, and they are custom-created to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Many Main Line patients choose dental bridges over dentures for a number of reasons. For example, bridges are:
- Firmly anchored in place; no need to remove
- More stable, allowing you to eat and speak with confidence
- Designed to fit within your existing natural smile, offering a greater cosmetic benefit
Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth not only boosts your self-confidence, it also has several important health benefits. If missing teeth are never replaced, they allow your remaining teeth to gradually shift, which can affect your bite position and jaw alignment. In turn, this can cause premature wear on your existing teeth, leading to eating and speaking problems. Missing teeth also heighten your risk of periodontal disease. By replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge, you can protect the stability of your bite, the health of your surrounding teeth, and the overall longevity of your smile.
Types of Porcelain Bridges
Bryn Mawr cosmetic dentist Dr. Bellisario offers both regular dental bridges, and implant-supported bridges. A regular dental bridge is used when you are missing only one tooth. This type of bridge uses tooth “caps” on your adjacent teeth to hold the new tooth in place.
An implant-supported bridge is used when you are missing more than one tooth. Instead of being supported by your natural teeth, this type of bridge is anchored by dental implants. If an implant-supported bridge is necessary in your case, we will refer you to a trusted implant dentist in our area to have the implants placed. Dr. Bellisario will create and place the bridge restoration.
If you have more questions about dental bridges, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario or call (610) 810-2090 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.