Bridging that gap in your smile
A dental bridge is a natural-looking device custom-made to fill a gap while preserving your teeth’s alignment. Filling the gap can be very important to both your chewing function and to your overall oral health as well.
Dr. Flowers has more than three decades of experience and has created hundreds of bridges to replace missing teeth for his patients.
Why replace missing teeth?
Missing teeth can cause issues by changing the way your teeth fit together. Moreover, if even one tooth is missing, other teeth may slowly shift out of place, leading to problems with bite, jaw and chewing problems.
Fixed Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Bridges work very well for patients who already have crowns, or who need crowns on the teeth around the missing tooth or teeth. However, if the teeth surrounding the missing tooth are in healthy condition, Dr. Flowers prefers to use a single implant to replace the missing tooth instead of a bridge.
Implants are a more conservative solution since it avoids the unnecessary cutting of healthy teeth to place the bridge. Dental implants are easier to keep clean and bacteria-free than a fixed bridge, they are more aesthetic and last longer.
With an implant-supported bridge, the bridge is supported on either side by a dental implant. The number of dental implants necessary for a full-arch bridge varies depending on the patient.
A bridge supported by dental implants is permanently fixed into place. It replaces the support lost by the missing teeth while avoiding the need to drill adjacent teeth, as is needed with conventional dental bridges.