Dental Bridges Offer a Solution for Missing Teeth
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
Missing teeth impact more than just the appearance of the smile. They can also impact the function of the teeth and gums, and can cause bone resorption of the jawbone. Additionally, the spaces they leave behind can cause existing teeth to shift out of place, causing misalignment that can only be addressed with orthodontic treatment. Instead of leaving missing teeth and dealing with the consequences, Dr. Paul Covell of Pasadena, TX encourages patients to consider placing tooth replacements. This may include dentures, bridges, or dental implants. A wonderful solution for many of our patients is that of the dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
Dr. Paul Covell describes the dental bridge as a restoration that is made with false teeth and dental crowns to place over adjacent teeth when one or more teeth in a row have been lost or extracted. This restoration is fabricated from porcelain and made to match the existing teeth. This allows the restoration to be placed in the smile and avoid the appearance of obvious dental work. Dental bridges are an economical solution for many of our patients who want a more permanent solution than partial, removable dentures.
How does a dental bridge work?
A dental bridge includes crowns on each end and false teeth called pontics fused in-between. There may be one or more pontics depending on how many teeth the patient is replacing. The dentist prepares the adjacent teeth from the space so that the ends of the bridge can be bonded onto them for support. This then “bridges the gap” and allows for a restored, fully-functioning smile!
Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
Most patients are a good candidate for dental bridges. There should be adjacent teeth in place to hold the bridge. However, patients can also considered the advantages of placing a dental implant to act in place of these adjacent teeth when necessary. To determine candidacy, patients need to schedule an appointment with our dentist to discuss.
Contact Dr. Paul Covell today!
Pasadena, TX area patients are encouraged to book a consultation visit with the team by calling (713) 943-9832 and visiting the practice at 4010 Vista Road.
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