Dental Bridges for the Front Teeth
Missing teeth affect the appearance of the smile, compromise oral functions, and increase the risk of further dental complications. When permanent teeth are lost, it is important to find a strong, durable, and attractive replacement.
Dental bridges are one of the most popular solutions for tooth loss. Dental bridges replace a single missing tooth or small set of teeth to restore the look and function of the smile. Dr. Danny O’Keefe offers our Flowood, MS, patients several dental bridge options. Here, we go over the techniques available when patients require dental bridges for the front teeth.
Removable Dental Bridge
As the name suggests, a removable dental bridge is one that can easily be taken out of the mouth. These pieces are worn almost like a retainer. They sit in place over the natural teeth and have dental restorations that fill in gaps left by tooth loss. Removable dental bridges are held in place by small metal clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth.
Removable dental bridges are only suitable for some of our patients. If side or back teeth go missing, a removable dental bridge may not be strong enough to sustain the force of the bite and fully restore oral functions. However, since individuals rarely bite down with the front teeth, removable dentures may be appropriate for those with this type of loss. Removable dentures are fast, affordable, and do not require alteration to the natural teeth.
Permanent Dental Bridge
Often referred to as a traditional bridge, permanent dental bridges are not removable. These restorations are bonded to the permanent teeth with dental crowns that are placed on either end of a pontic piece (the piece that resembles the missing teeth).
Many of our Flowood patients prefer a permanent dental bridge for the front teeth because they closely resemble the natural teeth, are strong enough to endure the force of biting and chewing, and will never slip or fall out of place. Permanent dental bridges also provide patients with a fast solution for tooth loss. Thanks to our CEREC® technology, Dr. O’Keefe can offer many patients single day dental bridge treatment.
For those of our Flowood patients who want the ultimate degree of durability and security, there is the implant-supported bridge. Implant-supported bridges are anchored by tiny titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jaw, where they fuse with the patient’s natural tissues. Dental implant treatment requires a series of appointments scheduled several months apart, so treatment is lengthy. However, dental implants offer several unique benefits.
Dental implants provide superior support, so implant-supported bridges look, feel, and function just like the natural teeth. What truly sets implant-supported bridges apart is the stimulation they provide. These are the only dental restorations to absorb the shock of the bite and send signals that prevent the loss of healthy bone tissues.
Each type of dental bridge offers its own unique benefits. If you’d like to learn more about these restorations, and which may be right for you, send us a message at your earliest convenience. You can also call (601) 936-2526 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Danny O’Keefe.