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Dental Bridge For Teeth

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth. It typically consists of two dental crowns (one on each end) that are anchored to the remaining natural teeth or dental implants, and a false tooth or teeth in between, known as pontics. The bridge is then cemented onto the natural teeth or implants, restoring the appearance and function of the missing teeth. Dental Bridges can be made of various materials, including porcelain, gold, or a combination of both.

The number of teeth that a dental bridge replaces is determined by various factors. We have the information you need about getting your dental bridges in Bellevue, WA.

Dental Bridge Can Replace One to Four Teeth

A dental bridge typically replaces one or more missing teeth, but the number of teeth that it can replace depends on the location and condition of the remaining natural teeth or dental implants in the mouth. It’s rare to find cases where dental bridges are used to replace five or more teeth. The reason why dental bridges aren’t used to replace several teeth at once is that it makes the bridge less stable, and loss of stability, in this case, will make it less efficient. 

A traditional bridge, which is the most common type, typically replaces one to three missing teeth in a row. However, if there are enough natural teeth or implants on either side of the missing teeth, a bridge can replace up to four or five missing teeth.

A cantilever bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth that has a natural tooth on only one side of the gap. And a Maryland bridge, which is a type of resin-bonded bridge, can be used to replace a missing front tooth when there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap.

It’s important to consult with a dentist to determine the best option for replacing missing teeth, as the number of teeth a bridge can replace will vary depending on the individual case.

In cases where dental bridges are used to replace more teeth, more crowns will be needed. The essence of the crowns is to give extra support to the bridge. So, it is indeed possible to get multiple missing teeth replaced with dental bridges, but the greater the number of teeth being replaced, the greater the chance of it not being effective.

Is A Dental Bridge Or An Implant A Better Solution?

Dental bridges and implants are excellent tooth replacement options. Dental bridges are more often used to bridge the gap between your teeth, but implants work very well to replace missing teeth too. The two options have their advantages. Dental implants place less burden on the surrounding teeth. Dental implants also promote bone structure while improving the health of your gums. You should have a conversation with your dentists to help you make the right choice.

Conclusion

Dental bridges do more than just tooth replacement. It can be used for aesthetic and functional purposes like restoring the appearance of your smile, improving your ability to chew, and maintaining the shape of your face. 

There’s no need for you to endure embarrassment and discomfort from your missing teeth when there is a way out. Dental bridges are capable of improving the way your teeth look and work. Dr. Uparika Sharma will ensure that you get the right dental bridges to replace your missing teeth and give you a beautiful smile.

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About the Author
Dr. Uparika Sharma is the founder dentist of Bellevue Azalea Dentistry. In addition to general dental procedures, she evaluates TMJ, cervical spine, airway problems, chronic headache, and CRPS.

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Dr. Uparika Sharma is a trusted dentist. She has been practicing for over 5 years at Bellevue Azalea Dentistry clinic. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Uparika Sharma is a member of the American Dental Association.