Bridges in Mobile Alabama
Cover the gap in your smile with a long-lasting Bridge
A dental bridge is a natural-looking device that’s custom-made to fill that gap in your smile while also preserving your teeth’s alignment.
The dentists at Maitre and Crabtree Dental Group create fixed dental bridges made from porcelain, which is considered a top-quality type of modern dental bridge building material, fused to metal or ceramics. Our dentists have decades of combined dental bridge experience and have extended training in restorative dentistry, including dental bridges.
Our Dental Bridge Procedure
We install dental bridges based on how many teeth are being replaced. We use an all-porcelain bridge, which is very beautiful.
We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure and will keep you informed of what we are doing. Our main goal is to make sure you have good function and aesthetics. And even if we pull a tooth and you decide to do a bridge that day you’ll walk out of our office with a custom-made temporary bridge, so no one will even know you have a missing tooth.
Fixed Bridges vs. single-tooth Implants
A fixed bridge is comprised of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns that fit over existing teeth and hold the bridge in place. The false tooth or teeth literally “bridge the gap” between natural teeth. A fixed bridge is non-removable and offers a very aesthetic, natural replacement for missing teeth.
Fixed bridges work well for patients who already have crowns, or who need crowns, on the teeth around the missing tooth or teeth. However, if the teeth next to the missing tooth are healthy, instead of using a bridge to fill the gap we may recommend using a single dental implant to replace the missing tooth.
The single tooth implant essentially replaces the natural tooth. It is placed in the area of the missing tooth and functions just like a natural tooth, but it won’t decay. The bone in the area of the missing tooth won’t recede, either. And where an implant can last a lifetime, bridges have an average lifespan of only around ten years.
Your conservative solution
Because they avoid the unnecessary cutting of healthy teeth as with a fixed bridge, implants are a more conservative solution to replacing missing teeth. Implants are also easier than a bridge to keep clean and free from bacteria. Moreover, an implant helps to retain bone while resorbed bone under a bridge can cause a gap at the gumline in your smile.
If you think you need a bridge to close a gap in your smile, come on in for a consultation. Our doctor will go over your options and help you choose your best option for replacing missing teeth.
To make an appointment, call 251‑344‑4571 or click here to request an appointment online.