Building Bridges to Better Dental Health
Choosing the right prosthetic depends on the number of teeth you’ve lost and their positions along your dental ridge(s). Patients who’ve only lost a single tooth, or who have lost up to three adjacent teeth, may often rely on a dental bridge to replace them.
A dental bridge utilizes the remaining teeth on either side of the empty space for support. Known as abutment teeth, they support the dental crowns on each end of the bridge to hold the prosthesis in place.
How to Construct a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are frequently made from high-quality dental porcelain that closely mimics the color, shade, and light-reflecting abilities of healthy, natural teeth. After Dr. Browne takes careful measurements of your teeth and dental ridges, he will send the measurements to a trusted dental lab to craft your custom porcelain bridge.
Your bridge will consist of one, two, or three replacement teeth, called pontics, with a dental crown on either side of the bridge. The pontics realistically mimic the healthy appearance of your missing teeth, and besides restoring your smile, your bridge can also improve its overall appearance.
For some patients, Dr. Browne can recommend securing a dental bridge on one or more dental implants, which are small, biocompatible posts that mimic your tooth roots. The implants offer improved support compared to traditional bridges, and eliminate the need to modify your healthy tooth structure to support the bridge.
Replace Your Lost Tooth with a Custom Dental Bridge
A custom-made dental bridge can help your smile recover esthetically and functionally after you’ve lost a tooth. To begin rebuilding your smile, schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Browne’s dental office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, Lenxa, Kansas City, Olathe, and all surrounding communities.