Complete Your Smile with a Custom Dental Bridge

Does the open space between your teeth prevent you from smiling or conversing with colleagues, friends, and new acquaintances? Do you avoid speaking, eating, or smiling as a result of tooth loss? For many patients who experience the loss of one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the optimal solution.

What to Expect From Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that completes a smile missing a single tooth or multiple teeth (if the multiple teeth are in a row). On either end of the replacement teeth, or pontics, of a bridge is a custom made crown that will fit over one of the teeth bordering the gap in your smile. As the name suggests, the bridge spans the gap, allowing the pressure of your bite to traverse your entire dental ridge instead of being completely absorbed by the teeth that remain.

The Benefits of Choosing a Dental Bridge

Dental bridges allow patients who’ve lost teeth to regain the function, comfort, and confidence of a complete, healthy smile. Additional benefits of a dental bridge include:

  • Easier chewing and clearer speech
  • The prevention of healthy teeth from shifting towards the empty gap
  • Permanence – A dental bridge is fixed, meaning you do not have to take it off and store it in cleaning solution overnight, as you would with conventional dentures

Implant-Retained Crowns and Bridges

For many patients, Dr. Pun may recommend an implant-retained crown or dental bridge. Dental implants are small prosthetic roots that are inserted into the jawbone, then used to stabilize one or more replacement teeth. To replace a single lost tooth, Dr. Pun can secure a lifelike dental crown to a single dental implant, creating a realistic root-and-crown replacement tooth. For multiple lost teeth in a row, we can custom-design an implant-retained bridge that does not require the support of surrounding, healthy teeth.