Naples Bridges Dentist
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth, where one or more artificial teeth are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. Our Naples dentist will use a bridge to replace the missing tooth — functionally and cosmetically — usually using two bridges for the teeth on either side of the gap. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and secure the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, composite resins or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can be supported by both natural teeth and by implants.
Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys,porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear and esthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated properly and in a timely manner, teeth surrounding a gap will begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to fall and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen your bite due to changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ Disorder.