Understanding Dental Bridges
A smile that is missing one or more consecutive teeth can dramatically impact a smile, as well as a patient's confidence. Missing teeth can cause structural concerns, make your cheeks appear sunken, or leave you unable to speak and chew properly. Dr. David Redford wants to help his patients achieve a smile that is not only beautiful and complete, but also healthy. To regain full oral function and a more youthful appearance, he offers dental bridges at his Denver, CO, practice. Each of his dental restorations are customized to help your smile appear natural. To learn more about dental bridges, and how they can benefit you, schedule your consultation today.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an oral restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. A typical bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, or pontics, which are held in place by two dental crowns, or abutments. Depending on the condition of your teeth and underlying oral structure, we may recommend dental implants to help support the dental bridge.
Placing a Dental Bridge
Before the dental bridge can be placed, the abutment teeth (anchoring teeth) will need to be reduced and reshaped in preparation for the crowns. Once the abutment teeth have been modified, an impression will be taken of your mouth. This image will be used to fabricate your new dental bridge and crowns.
A dental bridge not only restores the appearance of your teeth, but also their functionality.
While it is being created, we will provide you with a temporary prosthetic. After the bridge has been created, we will remove your temporary restoration, ensure that your new bridge is a proper fit, anchor the crowns using dental cement, and place your permanent bridge.
Who is a Candidate?
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. Before you can undergo the procedure, we will evaluate your oral health and the strength of your teeth. If you have periodontal disease, this will need to be addressed before your dental bridges can be placed. If the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth are not strong enough to support the restoration, other procedures such as dental implants may be recommended to restore your smile.
What are the Benefits?
A dental bridge not only restores the appearance of your teeth, but also their functionality. Some of the structural benefits include:
- Ability to chew and speak are restored
- Facial shape and structure are maintained
- Remaining teeth will no longer shift
- Proper bite and bite force are restored
- Risk of bone loss, periodontal disease, and tooth decay are reduced
A dental bridge not only helps restore your smile and confidence, it can also help you maintain good oral health, providing stronger jawbone density and reduced chance of disease. To find out if dental bridges are for you, contact University Dental Arts today.