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Are You a Good Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Dr. Hellwig Jun 4, 2015

An elderly couple looking at digital photos, the wife showing off her implant-supported dental bridge by smiling broadlyMissing teeth are not simply a cosmetic problem, although they certainly can create conspicuous gaps in otherwise healthy smiles. If missing teeth are not replaced through one of several advanced restorative dentistry methods, the negative effects on a person’s oral and overall health can be far-reaching and profound. Natural teeth can shift out of their optimal positions, leading to misalignment, a weakened bite, and severe jaw pain; the bone and gum tissues that once supported the missing teeth can begin to degrade; the mouth and the entire body can become more vulnerable to infection and disease. Truly, there are many good reasons to replace missing teeth.

Thankfully, modern dentistry offers a number of excellent solutions to missing teeth, including both fixed and implant-supported dental bridges. At the dental practice of Dr. Peter Hellwig, we proudly offer dental bridges that are custom-crafted to fit seamlessly into the unique smile of each individual patient, complementing surrounding natural teeth in terms of shape, size, color, and even texture. Our bridges are made of only the finest materials to ensure their durability and strength.

Most importantly, Dr. Hellwig carefully evaluates dental bridge candidates at his San Diego practice to make certain that they are well suited to the treatment before recommending it. If a patient is not a good candidate, he advises him or her of any treatments that he or she will need to undergo in order to become a good candidate.

To find out whether you are a suitable candidate for a dental bridge, we invite you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Hellwig today.

What are fixed and implant-supported dental bridges?

Fixed dental bridges are appliances that are designed to replicate natural teeth, comprising between one and three artificial teeth bookended by dental crowns. These crowns are placed atop the natural teeth adjacent to the space once occupied by the missing teeth, which allows the artificial teeth to literally bridge the gap.

While fixed dental bridges are extremely effective at replacing missing teeth and restoring function and health to the mouth, they require healthy teeth to be physically altered in order to accommodate the crowns that support the bridge. This is why we often recommend implant-supported dental bridges as an alternative to suitable candidates. Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the jaw, where they fuse with the bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Because titanium is not recognized as a foreign substance by the human body, the dental implants essentially become part of the patient’s natural anatomy, providing unrivaled support for the dental bridge.

Are you a good candidate for a dental bridge?

If you are missing between one and three consecutive teeth, are in reasonably good health, and are free from gum disease, you are probably a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you do have gum disease, we will have to address that before placing your bridge.

To be a good candidate for a fixed dental bridge, you must have natural teeth that are sufficiently strong and healthy to support the crowns that hold the bridge in place. To be a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge, you must have adequate jawbone density. If you do not have a sufficiently dense jawbone, you may be able to qualify for an implant-supported bridge after undergoing a bone grafting procedure.

Learn More about Dental Bridge Candidacy

To find out whether you are a good candidate for a fixed or implant-supported dental bridge, please contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice today.

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