What Is A Dental Bridge?
By Blome Family Dental
September 12, 2016
Category: dental procedures

There are a number of dental treatments available that can replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is an option that your family dentist dental bridgemay recommend, depending on your case. It can give you a tooth replacement that will last over a decade. Learn more about getting a dental bridge at Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE. 

What Is a Dental Bridge?
To understand how a dental bridge works, think of how a bridge connects two bodies of land. In the center there’s a space that needs to be covered and the “land” on either side serves as anchors. With a dental bridge, the anchors are crowns on the two adjacent teeth and a tooth (called a pontic) is the replacement at the center. The pontic sits on top of the gumline, superficially covering the empty space.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge
If you have a missing tooth, there are a few reasons why you may want to talk to your Lincoln family dentist about getting a dental bridge:

- Bridgework can last for up to 15 years with good care.
- Replacement tooth covers open socket to keep food out.
- Makes it easier to speak clearly and eat comfortably.
- Keeps your other teeth in their proper position.

Deciding if Bridgework Is the Right Choice...
Generally, if you have one missing tooth and the rest are healthy, a bridge could be a viable solution. Because you’ll need two crowns, the teeth must be strong enough to support them. Your dentist will check them using X-rays at your consultation appointment. There are other dental treatments available that can also help, such as partial dentures and dental implants. Explore all of your options and their benefits with your dentist to make the right choice for your situation.

Call Your Family Dentist Today
Having a missing tooth can put an unnecessary strain on your life. If you need a tooth replacement, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE at (402) 483-7000 to schedule an appointment to talk about bridges and other tooth replacement options.