Missing teeth is serious business, even if you are only missing a single tooth. When you have an opening in your mouth, your remaining teeth may shift toward the space, resulting in misalignment. You may also find that food becomes trapped in the open space, causing daily hygiene to become increasingly frustrating. Rather than continue feeling embarrassed by your smile, we encourage you to consider dental bridges that replace one tooth or up to three teeth in a row. Wondering if this solution is right for you? Look over the following questions and answers for a clearer understanding of this restorative treatment.
Question: How does a dental bridgework?
Answer: A dental bridge is a series of connected artificial teeth. On either end of the bridge is a dental crown – these hollow teeth will fit permanently over the remaining anchor tooth that rests on either side of the open space in your mouth. Bridging the gap between the crowns are pontics, or additional artificial teeth.
Question: Will the bridge look obvious?
Answer: No, the dental bridge will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. We will color-match the dental crowns and pontics to your surrounding teeth for a beautiful, natural-looking finish.
Question: How is a dental bridge different than a partial?
Answer: Bridges are considered “fixed” prosthetics because we cement them into your mouth. You will not be able to remove the bridge. Partials are removable and include metal clasps that fit over your teeth for support. Bridges may only replace one tooth or up to three teeth in a row, whereas a partial can replace almost any configuration of missing teeth, either side-by-side or spread across your arch.
At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Miller provides the preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care you need to help you enjoy optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Contact us today at (505) 596-4479 to schedule a consultation or appointment at our Albuquerque, NM dentist’s office. We proudly serve families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and surrounding communities.
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