A fixed dental bridge is one that has been secured in place to guard against its coming loose, slipping, or falling out. Typically, this is accomplished by placing a dental crown over the two closest and adjacent teeth to which a metal wing can be bonded. Once in place, a fixed bridge is restored with additional dental crowns to serve in place of the missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge may hold two or more teeth in place and may prove more reliable than alternatives such as dentures.
The dental crowns used in conjunction with bridges are shaped, shaded, and sized to match adjacent teeth, enabling them to sit comfortably and discreetly in your mouth. Placing crowns over adjacent teeth provides a more stable hold than natural enamel. This step also reduces damage to natural teeth and can help prevent further tooth loss.
Fixed bridges can be secured to crowns that have been placed over dental implants as well as those placed over natural teeth. In these cases, implants are used to secure one or more crowns to which the bridge can be affixed. Just like securing bridges to crowns placed over natural teeth, this helps keep the bridge in place and works to prevent the issues that can accompany more precariously adhered restorations.
Is a Fixed Dental Bridge Right For Me?
A fixed dental bridge may come in useful when two or more teeth are missing in a row. Bridges typically work to fill gaps between two points and may not be ideal for multi-point restorations. If you are missing more than one tooth but the gaps are spaced between large collections of natural teeth, individual dental implants may be best. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth or several teeth in a row, implant supported dentures may be a better fit. The best way to determine which type of tooth replacement is ideal for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation with Houston dentist Dr. Ronald Konig.
The one thing to bear in mind with dental bridge tooth replacement is that the bone surrounding the now missing tooth will eventually shrink as the body reappropriates the minerals responsible for its density. As this happens, your bridge may need to be adjusted or replaced. If this occurs, Dr. Konig will discuss all of your options to help ensure your smile is restored in the shortest amount of time possible.
Is a fixed dental bridge a good option for tooth replacement? Absolutely. Reliable, attractive, and long-lasting, dental bridges offer a remarkable service for men and women missing multiple teeth.
To learn if a dental bridge may be the best fit for you, call 713-668-2289 and schedule your consultation with Ronald Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF, FIAPA. Based in Houston, Dr. Konig serves patients living in Katy, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, King, Spring, and all surrounding areas.