When a patient has gaps in their smile because of missing teeth, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback may recommend a dental bridge in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Fixed bridges are a non-removable solution to many cosmetic and health problems that can occur in your mouth. Some of the reasons for needing a porcelain fixed bridge include the following:
- Fill the spaces of missing teeth
- Maintain facial structure
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restoration of smile
- Upgrading a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
There are a variety of different bridges. Consulting with our dentists is necessary for deciding which option fits your particular circumstance. The most commonly used bridge is the porcelain fixed bridge, because it resembles your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two different crowns that are placed on two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth). The crowns are attached to the pontics (artificial teeth) that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Bridges, like most other dental restorations, may eventually require replacements or may need to be re-cemented due to regular wear. Although this is the case with many dental restorations, bridges are made durable and strong. They are expected to last many years and provide you with a complete and functioning mouth and smile.
Feel free to contact Sweeney Utterback Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.