Most people are familiar with dentures for replacing a full set of teeth, but what do you do when you’re only missing one or two teeth? Dental bridges offer a solution for replacing individual teeth and restoring dental function. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges but they are all used to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. The different types of dental bridges include:
- Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are used to replace one to three missing teeth. They consist of one to three artificial teeth attached to two dental crowns, one on each end. In order to place a traditional bridge, there must be two healthy teeth next to the gap left by the missing teeth. These teeth are used to anchor the crowns of the dental bridge within the mouth.
- Maryland bonded bridges: Maryland bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but include artificial gums.
- Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth to attach the bridge too. Cantilever bridges are a good option for those missing multiple teeth.
- Implant-supported bridges: In cases where many teeth are missing, dental implants can be placed to anchor a dental bridge within the mouth.
Dental Bridge Candidates
Most people missing one or more teeth are suitable candidates for dental bridge treatment. Traditional dental bridge treatment doesn’t require surgery, making it safe for most missing teeth sufferers. Dental bridge candidates include those who relate to one or more of the following:
- Missing teeth but not enough for dentures: Dental bridges are great for patients with one or more missing teeth, but who aren’t missing enough teeth to require dentures.
- Unable to undergo surgery: Some people with missing teeth are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Traditional dental bridge treatment is surgery-free, making it a good option for replacing missing teeth in those patients not healthy enough for surgery.
- Those looking for fast tooth replacement: Dental bridge treatment is fast and requires zero recovery time. Treatment can be completed in as little as two dental visits, a much faster process than dental implant treatment, which can take six months or more to complete.
- Those who do not want dental implant surgery: People who require missing tooth replacement but do not wish to undergo dental implant surgery are great candidates for dental bridge treatment. Dental bridges allow replacement of missing teeth without the use of surgery.
Find Out if You’re a Candidate for Dental Bridges
You don’t have to suffer with missing teeth. Dental bridges are just one of many options for replacing missing teeth. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss alternative treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford.