Just like crossing a ditch or a space on a road, a bridge in your mouth connects two teeth over a space where a tooth or teeth are missing. This procedure is more immediate and less costly than other options, such as dental implants.
What is a dental bridge?
Fixed bridges are an option to replace missing teeth, usually one or two. They are attached to adjacent teeth, usually by crowning those teeth. When they are properly designed and constructed, it is difficult, if not impossible, to ever know there was a tooth missing. Since bridges depend on the strength of the adjacent teeth, those teeth need to be in good health and have good bone support around them.
Dr. Kuttler has utilized bridges to replace missing teeth for more than 40 years. While we expect bridges to last for 20 to 25 years, we are seeing many lasting 35 years or more.
One of the advantages bridges have over implants is that the treatment time is often far less. A possible disadvantage of this approach is that bone is usually lost over time where the teeth are missing.
There are many things to consider when determining which approach is best for you. Dr. Kuttler is happy to review your individual situation, lay out your options, and make recommendations based on his experience. Call our office to arrange a time to meet with him and determine a care plan that fits your needs.