Missing a tooth means missing a part of your unique smile: Without it, you don’t look or feel like yourself. Hyun S. Bang, DDS, and her team at their clinic in San Francisco offer realistic-looking dental bridges to restore your full smile and return your confidence. To explore your options for dental bridges and get your smile back, call the Hyun S. Bang, DDS, clinic or book your appointment online today.
Dental bridges are devices that fill in for your missing teeth. Each dental bridge consists of a custom-made false tooth, called a pontic, attached to one or more crowns that hold it in place. The crowns fit over your sturdy, remaining teeth and rely on them for stability and support.
Dental bridges can be made from many materials, but most people want them to blend in with their natural teeth. Most people choose the porcelain variety because of its tooth-like appearance.
Dental bridges have more benefits than you might expect. They’re the clear choice over keeping the gaps in your smile because they:
Missing teeth can cause your other teeth to drift and change position. A dental bridge keeps them in place and helps you avoid many more complex and expensive dental procedures.
There are several types of dental bridges available. A member of the team at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, selects the type that would benefit you the most based on the position of your missing tooth or teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth. You can get:
Traditional bridges consist of one crown on either side of the false tooth or teeth. They’re typically used for missing teeth with healthy teeth on both sides of the gap.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but instead of two crowns, they only have one. They’re used when the gap has a healthy tooth on just one side.
Maryland dental bridges are attached to teeth on both sides of the gap but not with crowns. Instead, Maryland dental bridges have a metal or porcelain frame that attaches to the backs of the teeth on either side.
Implant-supported bridges aren’t attached to your surrounding teeth. Instead, dental implants embedded in your jaw hold these bridges in place.
If you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, your mouth is also missing a necessary piece of structure that holds your other teeth in position. To keep the shape of your smile and a full set of teeth, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, to explore your options for dental bridges.