What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Bridges?

Mar 2, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Steven Balloch, DDS

A patient smiling broadly after having a porcelain bridge placedIn recent years, the line separating cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry has become blurred, and that is a good thing, indeed. Modern restorative dentistry is as focused on restoring form to the mouth as it is to restoring health and function. Why would one ever settle for less when it’s possible to have it all?

With today’s porcelain dental bridges, it’s absolutely possible to have it all: an attractive smile, renewed oral health, and full restoration of dental function. For patients who are missing between one and three consecutive teeth on a single arch, porcelain bridges offer a variety of benefits that the bridges of yesteryear simply cannot match. When a porcelain bridge is attached to dental implants, patients are able to enjoy literally the next best thing to having a mouth full of their own, natural, healthy teeth.

Dr. Steven M. Balloch draws upon his decades of professional experience and his keen eye for aesthetics in crafting porcelain bridges of the highest standard for his patients. He advises them of the full range of porcelain bridge benefits during consultations at his Hartford, CT cosmetic dentistry practice.

If you are interested in finding out whether you would be a good candidate for a porcelain bridge, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Balloch today.

What Are the Benefits of Porcelain Bridges?

Porcelain bridges offer a number of cosmetic and oral health benefits. For example, porcelain bridges:

  • Look remarkably natural: Because they are made from the finest-grade porcelain and crafted to complement your surrounding teeth in terms of color, shape, size, and even texture, the crowns and replacement teeth that will comprise your porcelain bridge will look entirely natural. Perhaps most importantly, porcelain is translucent, just like tooth enamel. This means that it allows some light to pass through its surface rather than simply reflecting it all. To the naked eye, your dental bridge will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
  • Prevent the teeth adjacent to a toothless gap from drifting out of place: When you lose a tooth, it creates a gap in your mouth toward which the adjacent teeth naturally start to drift. This can cause a variety of oral health problems, including a compromised bite and jaw pain. A porcelain bridge will help to prevent this from occurring.
  • Are strong and durable: Although you may think of porcelain as a delicate material, the porcelain used in dental restorations is incredibly strong and durable. As long as you take proper care of your teeth and visit our practice for routine cleanings and exams, your porcelain bridge could last for a decade or more.
  • Can be attached to dental implants for the most secure and stable results possible: Implant-supported porcelain bridges represent the absolute state of the art in the replacement of multiple missing teeth on a single arch. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically embedded in the jaw. They provide unequalled support for porcelain bridges, restoring ease and control to such functions as biting, chewing, speaking, and smiling.

Learn More about the Benefits of Porcelain Bridges

To learn more about the many benefits of porcelain bridges, please contact the cosmetic dentistry practice of Steven M. Balloch, D.D.S. today.

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