There is one area of restorative dentistry that not many dental patients are aware of, and it is known as the dental bridge. It is a remarkable form of dentistry, and at Twin Cities Modern Dentistry in Eden Prairie, MN, we encourage our patients to learn a bit about dental bridges in order to know if it might be a workable solution to their needs.
As your chosen dentist in Eden Prairie, we might recommend dental bridges for a few reasons or issues. A dental bridge is called restorative dentistry because it can actually work to restore your mouth to its fullest function. It is, as its name implies, a set of artificial teeth that crosses a gap between two teeth, but is permanent rather than removable. It might be just one missing tooth that created the gap, but it could be a series of teeth that now require replacement.
Our dental bridge specialist will review your overall oral health, and then work with you to determine if you are a good candidate for dental bridges. Not everyone is a possible candidate for dental bridges simply because it requires two healthy teeth to work as abutments at either end of the gap or opening. In most instances, those two teeth are typically treated with dental crowns to prevent any wear or tear to occur. The bridge can then be placed on those two crowns without harming the teeth.
If you are without the healthy teeth needed to place a bridge, a very good solution is to use two dental implants to serve as abutments and then cut costs by filling the remaining gap with a bridge. Our specialist will suggest this if you are candidate for this treatment.
What alternatives are there to dental bridges? Other options are dental implants or dentures. The goal is to enable you to enjoy the fullest function of the teeth and gums as well as optimal oral health. Did this introduction to bridges help? If you have questions, feel free to give us a call at our Eden Prairie, MN office at 952-941-9829. You can also use online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.