There are different types and sizes of dental implants that are used for specific areas of the mouth. A dental implant is used to replace a missing tooth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. In the posterior region of the mouth, we generally place bridges that have a metal underpinning and with porcelain covering so that aesthetically they look good but they have the metal for support.
For the anterior region of people’s mouths (the fronts of people’s mouths), we generally put all porcelain bridges and crowns. We do that primarily for aesthetics so that if your gums recede a little bit over time and the margins may show, you won’t have that graying affect of a metal bridge in your mouth with porcelain covering it.
The objective of dental implants and dental bridges is the same – replace missing teeth and get people back to functioning the way they should.
You use your mouth more than you use anything else in your life. It’s just a fact of life and teeth should never be taken for granted.
Call my office if you have any questions. We are always ready to help you achieve the smile that you desire! You will be in very good hands!
– Dr. John R. Vitale