Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A typical bridge consists of two crowns (one on each side of the gap created by missing tooth/teeth) and a false tooth/teeth (that fill in the gap and is attached to the crowns). These two crowned â€˜anchoring teethâ€™ are called abutment teeth .These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants. The false tooth/teeth in between the anchoring teeth are called pontics. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
Whether you’ve had a nasty accident involving the loss of a tooth or you need to have one surgically removed for dental reasons, you will have to decide whether you opt for a fixed dental bridge or an implant to replace the missing tooth.
There’s no doubt that the technology involved in the replacement of missing or extracted teeth has come on leaps and bounds, even since the turn of the Millennium. But if you’re uncertain whether a dental bridge or an implant is the right treatment option for you, read on as we discuss the pros and cons for both types of procedure.
A crown may supply the finishing touch after a root canal – sealing the tooth and strengthening it for the long term – but a crown isn't necessary in every case.
Teeth at the front of the mouth and those that are reasonably strong, in particular, may not need them at all. Weighing the following pros and cons can help you decide if a root canal without crown placement is the best and most cost-effective option for you.
Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentine underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentine underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.
Advances in technology have enabled the majority of people with missing teeth to avail themselves of the benefits of dental implants. Even patients with severe bone loss can now receive minimally invasive bone augmentation and have dental implants placed. Patients with all their teeth missing and severe bone loss can also get the New Teeth in One Day procedure, which requires no bone grafting. Although implants need to heal in order to place the final new teeth, Dr. Kelogrigoris makes sure all patients have functional, natural-looking temporary teeth during the healing period.
While the modern consensus is that dental implants are the treatment of choice for missing teeth, Dr.Kelogrigoris understand that there are various situations that could require other replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges. He approaches each case on a patient-by-patient basis and recommends treatment that would best suit the patient.
Anytime a tooth is removed, it will affect the supporting bone structure where that tooth resided in the mouth. As time passes, the jawbone where the lost tooth was will start to deteriorate and diminish.
This occurs because your teeth provide stimulation which is vital for the prolonged health, strength, and support of your jawbone. In the first year after a tooth is extracted, the supporting area of jawbone can decrease by up to 25 percent.