Are you at a loss about what to do with that unsightly gap in your smile caused by missing teeth because dental implants are out of your price range, and you have not had past success with dentures? Maybe it is time you considered a dental bridge for your gap. Dr. Daniel Appel and his team in Oroville, California, offer quality and effective dental bridges for patients looking to complete their smile with a non-surgical and more affordable option. If you are not familiar with what a dental bridge is, please keep reading!
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance explicitly designed to fill (or bridge) the gap between teeth in your smile caused by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of multiple components, including false teeth, called pontics, which appear entirely natural to anybody who sees your smile. Pontics also provide full functionality as any natural tooth would. These teeth fit comfortably in the gap and attach to remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap via a crown. These anchoring crowns are called abutment teeth. Speak with your dentist about what material the pontics will be crafted from as it can vary from dentist to dentist. Once your dental bridge is in place, it is a permanent fixture that cannot be removed at will (just like a partial denture).
When you have teeth missing in your smile, it can result in long-term dental health complications affecting your life. A dental bridge can help prevent these issues from occurring, which could include: