Fixed Bridges in San Mateo
Having a missing tooth can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, but you have access to dental devices that can restore your smile to its complete shape. A fixed bridge is one such device. It combines three beautiful crowns to create a seamless look that covers up the gap. Take a look below at how a fixed bridge functions, and how it compares to dental implants.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A fixed bridge is three crowns that are either molded together or carved from a single material block. The middle crown (also known as the pontic) is what will fill in the gap, while the two crowns on either side will be mounted to support teeth next to the gap.
Once the bridge is created, it requires that the teeth adjacent to your gap be filed down. This way, they serve as abutments that secure your fixed bridge. Enamel cannot be restored, but these abutment teeth will be covered up by the crowns.
Fixed Bridge vs Dental Implants
While fixed bridges are an attractive solution for tooth loss, dental implants are another popular treatment option. Let’s take a look at some differences between them:
- Function: Both treatments serve the same function of filling in the gaps of a smile, restoring your ability to eat and speak clearly. However, dental implants are surgically placed directly into the jawbone, while fixed bridges are supported by the neighboring teeth on either side of the gap.
- Jawbone: Considering that dental implants are directly placed into the jawbone, they can actually help the jawbone to recover from deterioration. Fixed bridges do not have this ability, because they are secured on the surface level.
- Appearance: Both treatments provide realistic appearances of beautiful teeth. Where dental implants require one crown per missing tooth, dental bridges fuse three crowns together (one center, and two support crowns) for a full bridge.
- Maintenance: Both treatments have similar maintenance requirements. Both are permanently placed, and so require a dental visit in order to clean underneath the device. Otherwise, they can be cleaned easily at home on the surface with toothbrush and toothpaste.
Contact Us For Quality Fixed Bridges
You no longer have to live with missing teeth leaving a blight on your smile. Fixed bridges are one way that we can fill in that gap with a beautiful device that blends into your smile. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. T. Jeff Powers or Dr. Diana C. Powers. We can’t wait to help repair your smile.