What is a Bridge at the Dentist?

May 29, 2024 - kimberley - 0 comments

Missing teeth often make day-to-day activities such as speaking and eating a struggle. In addition to negatively impacting appearance, they can cause pain, discomfort, and facial changes and trigger serious issues such as malocclusion and bone loss. Regardless of what caused tooth loss, an Austin cosmetic dentist can help install a dental bridge to fill the gaps, restoring confidence in your smile, appearance, and function.

What is a Bridge?

Dental bridges help to fill in gaps left by missing natural teeth. In most cases, our experienced dentist will place a dental crown on the teeth on both sides of the gap to hold the bridge.

A dental bridge consists of different parts, including:
● Pontics- These are the false or artificial teeth that replace the missing ones
● Abutments- These structures are the small connector posts that hold the dental bridge.
Bridges can contain metals like gold and cobalt, porcelain, resin, and ceramic. Most people prefer ceramic because it appears natural.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Missing teeth affect your smile’s appearance and can affect your general health, leading to expensive and severe dental issues. Many people experience these challenges, with the ACP (American College of Prosthodontists) estimating that about 120 million Americans have one or more missing teeth.

These gaps often affect self-confidence and can make you avoid smiling. They may also affect word pronunciation and change the appearance and shape of your face, particularly along the jaws. Flossing and brushing may become painful, causing plaque accumulation and gum disease.

All these issues are preventable, and the first step is to schedule an appointment with our Austin cosmetic dentist to discuss dental bridges. Bridges are permanent solutions for lost teeth that don’t require surgery.

In addition to boosting self-confidence, bridges enhance the quality of your daily life. They help restore your face’s shape and how your smile appears.

Bridges prevent the adjacent teeth from moving to fill the gap while enhancing jaw function. Your face maintains its natural shape, and you can pronounce words correctly.
Ultimately, bridges in Downtown Austin are an excellent investment in your oral health and quality of life.

Fill the Gap in Your Smile

Tooth loss occurs for many reasons; perhaps you have a congenital issue, experienced tooth delay, or had an accident. Installing dental implants is an ideal solution as it doesn’t require surgery. The process is simple and straightforward, but the results can last for years.

At Toothbar, we understand missing teeth affect your day-to-day life. Our experienced team will ensure the best possible experience for you, even if you have dental phobias. Contact us today and regain the confidence in your smile.

Dr. Kimberley Barclay

Co-founder and owner Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on cosmetic dentistry. She is also a member of the Seattle Study Club, one of the most advanced education groups for dental professionals.

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This content was fact-checked by Dr. Kimberley Barclay and Dr. Lauren Jacobsen following editorial guidelines. Dr. Kimberley Barclay is actively involved in local and national dental societies, including the Capital Area Dental Society and Spear Education courses on Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Lauren Jacobsen is an active member of the dental community and engages in further education and training through membership with a local chapter of the Seattle Study Club and Spear Education courses.

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Our team is ready to book your appointment. The proper Dental Care can make the difference in years to come. We don't just improve the aesthetics of your smile, we make sure your dental health is set for the long run.

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