Dental Bridges

Whenever you drive across a bridge, you're being supported by the same principles that support a dental bridge. Crowned teeth on either side of a space are called abutments. They support an artificial tooth, called a pontic. While a bridge lasts for many years, sometimes the strain of supporting one or more missing teeth can cause the abutments themselves to weaken and may lead to more missing teeth.

In many cases, dental implants offer a better alternative, eliminating most of the load-bearing strain you see in traditional bridge abutments. When carefully placed in the bone, an implant mimics the root of a tooth. They bear the load that the natural teeth used to hold, sparing the neighboring teeth from excessive forces. In some cases, two implants may be used to build a bridge.

Bridges can do many things, including:

  • Reduce your risk of gum disease
  • Help to correct minor bite issues and can even improve your speech
  • Act as place holder to avoid the shifting of other teeth
  • Improve/maintain your oral health as well as protect the appearance of your smile

Our Yorkville dentists know how to bring the puzzle pieces together to fit any scenario regardless of the scope of your treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.