Options to rebuild patients’ smiles with Dental Bridges
At Premier Dental, Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez has invested in the technologies and the training on those tools that adds up to optimal treatment for many different types of patients. Dental bridges are no different than the numerous other advanced procedures available at our offices in Houston and Webster, Texas. We have the accurate diagnostics to precisely plan your treatment, as well as the varied techniques to accommodate those patients who would not be candidates for this type of tooth replacement at other dentists’ offices who use fewer techniques and approaches.
The basics on bridges
Just like a bridge structure spans a body of water or another type of barrier, dental bridges fill in or bridge the space between two (or more) teeth. A “standard” bridge involves connecting a prosthetic or replacement tooth (“pontic”) with two dental crowns. When the crowns are placed on neighboring teeth on either side of the gap, the attached pontic fills in the space where the natural tooth used to be, effectively replacing it. The crowns are necessary to provide additional support to the neighboring teeth, supporting or holding up the replacement tooth.
Options for all types of patients
Premier Dental patients can still benefit from dental bridges even when they don’t have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. Your dentist may discuss options such as a cantilever bridge. The pontic is fused to the tooth nearest the gap. Additionally, the Maryland bridge is considered to be a “conservative” alternative to standard bridges. All crowns require that some natural tooth be removed to accommodate the thickness of the crown placed over it. The Maryland bridge design does not use crowns; instead, the replacement tooth is supported by “wings” or components attached to the back of the neighboring “abutment” teeth. These attachments hold the tooth in place.
Even those patients with little to no remaining healthy and strong teeth can benefit from bridges. Implant-retained bridges are held in place with dental implants. These cylindrical components integrate naturally and safely to the bone in the jaw. Once the implants are part of your jaw, the bridge is attached to the implant. The implant then functions like a tooth root to firmly hold your new teeth in place. Dr. Rodriguez has the knowledge and equipment to handle even the most complex cases. So, he can also “build up” bone in the treatment area to assure the long-term success of implant-retained bridges as part of the grafting procedure. Bone loss is a progressive and devastating process that can be avoided by replacing teeth promptly.
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