Dental Bridge for the Front Teeth
By Dr. Ribeiro on October 11, 2019
Adult tooth loss compromises oral health and function, and ultimately threatens the strength and position of adjacent teeth. However, what most people are really concerned about is how tooth loss affects the aesthetics of the smile.
Tooth loss has an obvious impact on the appearance of the smile, especially when the front teeth have gone missing. Dental bridges fill in gaps left by missing teeth to restore the smile. Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro offers dental bridges for the front teeth, giving our Clarksville, TN, patients a strong and durable restoration that enhances the function and beauty of the smile.
Addressing the Loss of Front Teeth
Any time a tooth or set of teeth is lost, it is important that it is replaced with a dental restoration. Dental restorations uphold the structure of the smile, and restore oral strength and function. However, when the front teeth are lost, there are special concerns to consider. The front teeth cannot be easily hidden the way the back teeth can, so the appearance of the smile is compromised when any of these teeth go missing.
When Dr. Ribeiro is addressing the loss of front teeth for our Clarksville patients, he is very aware that aesthetics are a top priority. Dr. Ribeiro often relies on dental bridges to address the loss of the front teeth, not just because they are strong, but also because they are highly attractive restorations that can be customized to blend in with adjacent teeth so that they look like a natural part of the smile.
Dental Bridge Options
We are able to customize the size, shape, and color of dental bridges, as well as the materials that are used to fabricate the bridge, and the technique that is used to hold the bridge in place. With the numerous options available, nearly all of our patients can find a dental bridge that is perfectly suited to their unique needs and desires.
Dental Bridge Materials
Dr. Ribeiro offers dental bridges made of a wide array of materials, including porcelain, e.max, and zirconia. Each of these materials can be custom colored and designed so that they seamlessly match the natural teeth, which makes them an especially great option for missing front teeth. Additionally, each material is strong enough to withstand the regular force of biting and chewing. The material that is best for each of our Clarksville patients ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Dental Bridge Techniques
The technique that is used to secure a dental bridge also largely comes down to personal preference. A dental bridge at the front of the mouth can be held in place with dental crowns or dental implants.
- Traditional dental bridge: For traditional dental bridge treatment, dental crowns are placed on the two teeth immediately adjacent to the gap of missing teeth. The crowns act as anchors for the dental bridge that sits between them.
- Implant-supported bridge: When front teeth are missing, some patients want more security. Dental implants sit in the jaw and fuse with the patient’s bone. The dental bridge is attached to posts that connect to the dental implants.
The loss of the front teeth can have a devastating effect on the smile, but a dental bridge rebuilds the smile to restore its strength, function, and beauty. To learn more about dental bridge treatment, send us a message at your earliest convenience. Or, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro, call (931) 263-1926.
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