A Bridge Not Too Far
Missing teeth no longer have to plague your smile. At J. Hansen DDS, our skilled Roseville dentists utilize dental bridges to fill gaps with permanent, beautiful replacement teeth.
A dental bridge is a restorative dentistry procedure that solves the problem of missing teeth. Involving the use of dental crowns, Dr. Hansen is able to implement these natural- looking porcelain dental bridges via the use of filler (false) teeth and dental crowns that fit over existing (healthy) teeth and hold the bridge in place.
Bridging the Gap
Dental crowns can be used to create lifelike replacements for missing teeth. For dental bridgework trying to replace a single tooth, at least three crowns are required.
The Three Crowns
Two of the crowns involved in the bridging process will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. These healthy teeth are referred to as “abutment teeth.” The crowned abutment teeth support a third crown placed in between them. That third crown is referred to as a “pontic.” If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be required to bridge the gap between the abutment teeth. For example, if you have three missing teeth then four abutment teeth may be necessary to create a seven-tooth bridge.
The number of abutment teeth needed to replace a missing tooth is influenced by several factors. For one, there is the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. Other factors include:
- Where in the mouth the missing tooth is located
- Size and length of the abutment tooth roots
- Amount of bone support within each abutment tooth
Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework
Dental crowns and dental bridges need the same care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss them every day to avoid bacteria build up. If you tend to grind your teeth at night then consider using a nightguard to protect replacement teeth, as well as natural teeth. Furthermore, be sure to maintain regularly scheduled cleanings with your trusted Roseville dentist.
Benefiting from a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can replace missing teeth while safeguarding existing teeth. It is a great restorative dentistry treatment that can restore health, beauty, and vibrancy to your smile. Contact our Roseville dentistry practice at 916-774- 1605 to speak with one of our team members and learn how you can benefit from this treatment, or one of our other restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services.