A bridge fills the space where a tooth is missing or will be removed. Dr. Spalenka uses 3D CEREC technology to design your bridge in his own laboratory.
Missing teeth can be replaced with bridges, dentures or dental implants. Each option has its pros and cons, depending on the health of your teeth and your budget.
With advanced training and extensive experience in restorative and advanced dentistry, Dr. Spalenka will evaluate your teeth and gums and help you choose the best option for you.
Why a Bridge?
A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth is missing. Gaps between teeth can cause chewing problems. If even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place. This changes the way your teeth fit together. A poor bite may make your jaw sore. Your teeth may become harder to clean which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
It is important to fill gaps between teeth, and a bridge is one way to accomplish that. A typical bridge consists of at least 3 crowns. The missing teeth are replaced with crowns called “pontics”. The crowns that hold or “anchor” these connected crowns are called “abutments” or anchor crowns. please see diagram to the right.
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Bridges, Dentures or Implants?
Dr. Spalenka can recommend the right option for you.
For some patients, fixed bridges or removable dentures are not the perfect solution to missing teeth and often bring with them a number of other problems.
Fixed bridges often require the cutting down of adjacent healthy teeth, and removable dentures may lead to bone loss in the area where the tooth or teeth are missing. Stressing the anchor teeth can lead to the loss of these anchor teeth. Recurrent decay, periodontal (gum) disease and other factors often doom fixed bridgework to early failure. For these reasons, fixed bridges and removable dentures usually need to be replaced every five to ten years, compared to an up to 25-year life span for dental implants.
Dr. Spalenka has extensive advanced training in dental implants. He has done more than 1000 dental implants, and has been doing the entire procedure himself since 2002. For more information about dental implants, click here.
Call today and let Dr. Spalenka examine your mouth and determine if a bridge, denture or dental implant is the right option for you.