If you have a missing tooth, it can be replaced in a number of ways. One method that has been used for decades, is a dental bridge.
A bridge is actually several crowns fused together into one unit. (More on crowns here.) The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are utilized. The neighboring teeth are prepared in the same way as a single crown. The bridge is custom-made by a dental lab to then fit on these two teeth with the missing tooth’s replacement ‘bridging’ the gap.
There are pros and cons to replacing a tooth this way. For example, a bridge can be a great option when the supporting teeth could benefit from the strength the bridge will provide for the involved teeth. Another positive aspect of a bridge is that it is permanently fixed into place, so no taking it in and out like some other options require. The downside though, is that it takes some extra effort to clean around and under the bridge. For more information, see our Crowns section to learn more about indications for crowns and bridges.
If you’ve lost a tooth and would like it replaced, please pay us a visit and we’d be happy to review all of your options with you.
You can reach Buxton Family Dental at 970-482-6333 or go to our Contact page for more ways to get in touch.