At our Eagan, MN practice, we offer dental bridge treatment to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth with a traditional dental prosthetic.
Improving Your Oral Health with a Dental Bridge
You can think of dental bridges truly as a type of “bridge.” Treatment involves placing crowns on two natural teeth and using those crowns as supports to “bridge” one or more artificial teeth between them. Bridges offer a very natural and permanent solution to tooth loss. Receiving tooth replacement treatment, such as a dental bridge, is crucial to maintaining your oral health. In addition to a less aesthetic appearance, leaving gaps in your smile after experiencing tooth loss can lead to:
- Increased risks of periodontal disease
- TMD or chronic migraines or jaw pain
- Worn down enamel
- Malocclusion (or abnormal alignment of your upper and lower jaw)
Alternatives to Dental Bridges
Though dental bridges are a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss, they do have a couple drawbacks for some patients:
- Bridges sit above the gum line and don’t offer any structural support in the jaw. With time, the jaw bone tissues can deteriorate and change the appearance of your face and smile.
- Some patients experience tooth decay in the teeth protected with the two dental crowns.
Though not all patients face these issues, some choose to forgo dental bridges in favor of dental implants. Implants are a restorative dentistry treatment that act as an artificial tooth root. Once placed, implants become integrated in the jaw bone and prevent bone tissue loss. A permanent dental crown is securely placed on the implant to provide a natural tooth appearance. As a free-standing restorative treatment, no neighboring dental crowns are required.
A Fuller, Natural-Looking Smile is Possible
Your Eagan dentist, Dr. Michael can fill in the gaps of your smile with a dental bridge treatment. If you’re interested in having a dental bridge placed, or want to learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our office to set up an appointment to learn more! Call us at 651-452-5511.