Miami and Coral Gables, Florida
Missing teeth are a common cosmetic dental problem than can lead to serious oral health problems if they are not replaced. A dental bridge is an excellent option to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. Miami cosmetic dentists Dr. Raul Garcia and Dr. Conchi Sanchez-Garcia offer dental bridges to their patients as an alternative to or in combination with dental implants.
Replacing Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are similar to partial dentures, but they are permanently fixed in place. Your artificial teeth are custom crafted in a lab to look just like your original teeth. They are made of beautiful dental porcelain and color-matched to the adjacent teeth. Because they are made of porcelain, the artificial teeth mimic the translucency of your natural teeth and will blend in seamlessly with your smile.
Your dental bridge is bonded in place with a dental implant at each end or by anchoring it to the adjacent teeth with dental crowns.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Because dental bridges are bonded in place, they eliminate many of the drawbacks of dentures, giving you more comfortable, healthier results. Some of the advantages of dental bridges include:
- No slipping or rubbing - you can chew and speak normally and it will not irritate your gums
- Convenient and easy to care for – you care for your dental bridge just like your natural teeth and you do not take it out for cleaning.
- Since you never take it out, your dental bridge cannot get lost or misplaced
- Dental bridges last longer than dentures. In the long run that means less time in the dentist’s chair and less expense for you
Choosing a Dental Bridge or Dental Implants
If you need to replace several missing teeth you can choose a dental bridge that is anchored with dental implants. To replace a single tooth, we usually recommend a dental implant instead of a dental bridge, but there are some circumstances which would make a dental bridge more appropriate.