Dental Bridges Are a Solution for Restoring Missing Teeth and Oral Function
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can restore the function and appearance of your smile. Made of several crowns, dental bridges are custom-designed restorations that attach to healthy teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. By literally bridging this gap, the prosthetic will also provide important health benefits such as protecting your bite alignment and preventing your other teeth from shifting out of position. At his Denver, CO, practice, Dr. Kyle F. Long works meticulously to ensure the most realistic bridges possible. He uses advanced restorative materials, and he can collaborate with an oral surgeon to provide an ultramodern implant-supported bridge.
Should You Consider a Dental Bridge?
If you have lost one to three teeth in a row, you could be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Dr. Long may also recommend one of these restorations if you have loose teeth due to gum disease or if you require an extraction. Because a traditional bridge sits atop the neighboring teeth (or abutment teeth), they must be strong and healthy. If they currently have or have had cavities, a different type of restoration—such as an implant-supported bridge—may be more appropriate. In either situation, it is important to have achieved proper periodontal health before receiving a bridge. Dr. Long will need to address any current gum disease before placing your restoration.
Designing and Fitting Your Dental Bridge
If you decide on a traditional bridge, you will typically need to make two trips to our office. During the first appointment, Dr. Long will numb the adjacent teeth before reshaping them to create room for the bridge. Then he will take impressions of your abutment teeth, and the lab will use these molds to create your bridge. The technicians can use one of several materials, but we generally recommend all-porcelain for the most natural aesthetic effects. Typically, it will take about two weeks to craft your bridge. To protect your abutment teeth and to restore much of your dental function, we will attach a temporary bridge while your customized bridge is being fabricated. Your second appointment will take place when the final restoration is finished, and Dr. Long will attach the prosthetic at this time. If needed, he will make adjustments to guarantee a secure and comfortable fit.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Long will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. After you have healed from implant-surgery, he can attach your prosthetic to the implant posts. As with traditional bridges, Dr. Long and the lab team will take care to ensure that your implant-supported bridge matches your smile.
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge can restore the function and appearance of your smile.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
A bridge can have tremendous benefits for your appearance, dental function, and lifelong oral health. Once your prosthetic is in place, you could notice a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your smile. The restoration will not only complete your grin, it could also help fill out your lips and cheeks. With these combined effects, you could look significantly younger. Additionally, you may find it easier to bite and chew. You may even be able to enjoy foods that you have not been able to eat in years. Finally, when you have missing teeth, your other teeth have a tendency to shift into the empty space. Over time, this process can cause significant misalignment, as well as increase your risk for cavities and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. With a dental bridge filling this gap, your other teeth will remain in their natural position.
Contact Us for a Restorative Consultation
To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges and determine which type of restoration is most appropriate for you, contact our office online today. You can also schedule an appointment or speak to a member of our staff by calling (303) 722-1690.