Adult tooth loss has significant consequences that impact the health, strength, and structure of the smile. When front teeth are missing, the aesthetic effects are particularly disappointing. Missing front teeth often make people too ashamed to smile, laugh, or even talk in front of others.
When a single tooth or row of teeth are missing from the front of the mouth, a dental bridge is likely to be the most appropriate restorative dentistry treatment. Dental bridges are affixed dental restorations that span gaps of missing teeth. A dental bridge for the front teeth can provide our Brookfield, WI, patients with a strong, attractive, and secure tooth loss solution.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge for the Front Teeth
There are many treatment options to consider when adult tooth loss occurs. Each treatment differs slightly, and offers its own unique set of benefits. When it comes to the loss of front teeth, a dental bridge is often the most beneficial dental restoration. Dental bridges are a good choice for the front teeth because of the many advantages they offer our Brookfield patients:
- Dental bridges are fixed in place, so they will not slip, shift, or cause embarrassing mishaps
- Dental bridges can be customized to seamlessly blend in with adjacent teeth, so they will look like a natural part of the smile
- Though the front teeth are rarely used for biting or chewing, a dental bridge is strong enough to perform usual oral functions
- A dental bridge can replace a single tooth or a small set of teeth, so it is appropriate for various degrees of tooth loss
- Dental bridges are easy to clean and care for, so patients will be able to maintain a healthy and attractive smile
Dental Bridge Techniques
There are various techniques that can be used to hold a bridge in place. Most commonly, our Brookfield patients choose between either a traditional dental bridge or an implant-supported bridge.
- Traditional dental bridge: A traditional dental bridge is secured with dental crowns. When a traditional dental bridge is placed, the two teeth on either end of the area of tooth loss are treated with dental crowns. The bridge bonds to the crowns and sits between them to fill in the gap left by tooth loss.
- Implant-supported bridge: An implant-supported bridge is secured with dental implants. Dental implants are tiny screws that are surgically placed in the jaw. As the patient heals, implants fuse with the jaw to create a secure and durable anchor for dental restorations, such as a dental bridge. The bridge is bonded to small metal abutments that protrude from the gums and connect to the dental implants.
In addition to these more common dental bridge techniques, there may be other options to consider when the front teeth are being replaced with a dental bridge. Some patients may be ideal candidates for either a cantilever bridge or a Maryland bridge. A cantilever bridge is held in place with just one dental crown, and a Maryland bridge connects to the natural teeth (instead of dental crowns) with a metal or porcelain framework that bonds to the back of adjacent teeth.
Get in Touch
Dr. Thomas Tang offers a wide range of treatments for missing teeth to restore a healthy, beautiful, and fully functional smile. If you are interested in learning more about the treatment options that are available after tooth loss, send us a message at your earliest convenience or call our dental practice at (262) 821-1000.