Fill Gaps in Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
Traditional dental bridges can replace missing teeth, returning form and function to your smile. Our team at Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics in Philadelphia, PA, also offers implant-supported bridges, which provide increased stability, durability, and oral health benefits compared to traditional bridges. If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can be customized to fill in the gap and restore function.
Dental Bridges Explained
A traditional dental bridge consists of one to three pontics (fake teeth) flanked by a dental crown on either side. The number of pontics you need will depend on how many teeth you are missing. The crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to support the bridge.
For a longer-lasting and more secure tooth replacement solution, we also offer implant-supported bridges. Instead of attaching to remaining teeth, this type of restoration is secured to dental implants embedded into the jawbone. Once in place, implants function as artificial tooth roots, providing better durability and more aesthetically pleasing results.
Explore Your Candidacy
A dental bridge is usually recommended if you are missing one to three teeth in a row. Candidates for a traditional bridge should have strong and sturdy remaining teeth able to support the device and be committed to maintaining good oral hygiene.
At your free consultation, we will discuss the options available and answer any questions you may have.
There are additional requirements for patients who desire an implant-supported bridge. Solid jawbone density and healthy gums are necessary for successful implant treatment. At your appointment, one of our doctors will examine your teeth and gums using x-rays and make recommendations based on the extent of tooth loss and your oral health.