A Missing Tooth Can Be Replaced in Several Ways
One of the most common ways to replace a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. Another way, which is less expensive, is with a removable tooth that clamps onto the adjacent teeth. This is most practical when there are several missing teeth. A third way is with a dental implant. With advancements in dentistry over the years dental implants have been becoming very popular.
How a Dental Bridge Is Made
The adjacent teeth next to the space are prepared for dental crowns. Impressions are made of your teeth and sent to the laboratory which fabricates the bridge. It will include crowns on your adjacent teeth with a false tooth suspended between them.
A dental bridge is a good option if your adjacent teeth next to the space need crowns anyway. If your natural teeth are healthy a better option would be a dental implant to preserve the healthy tooth structure that already exists.
Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
Zirconia Dental Bridges
Dr. Hillary Peck has had excellent success using Zirconia for dental bridges. This is the latest development in the dental industry for porcelain crowns or bridges. Zirconia is metal free and closely matches the characteristics of your own enamel. This new material has been proven to approach the strength of metal and to look just as natural as your own teeth. Patients have less sensitivity, and it is tissue friendly. If you have any metal sensitivities or allergies, this can solve that problem.