Dental Bridges

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If you have missing or decayed teeth, you may be offered a restorative dental solution called a dental bridge. This is a very common treatment that is performed on countless patients every single day and we are delighted to be able to offer patients this service at our dental offices here in Colorado.

What is a dental bridge and how does it work?

A dental bridge is a device that is used to literally bridge a gap that has been created by having one or more missing teeth. The design is fairly simple. Firstly, artificial teeth called pontics are used to fill the gap left by missing teeth. On either side of these are crowns that are referred to as abutment teeth. These crowns are used to secure the entire structure in place and are placed onto healthy teeth that neighbour the gap, or implants.

Dental bridges are most commonly made from porcelain, as this means that they can be glazed in a color to match your existing teeth, making the entire restoration extremely discreet. This makes them an extremely popular solution amongst patients who are looking to keep their smile looking as natural as possible. However, they can also be made from gold, alloys or a combination of these with porcelain.

Types of dental bridge

There are several different types of dental bridge and you will be made aware which is the most suitable to restore your teeth. These are:

Traditional fixed bridge.

The most common type of bridge, this is the variety that is recommended for patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the gap on which the abutment crowns can be placed.

Cantilever bridge.

This type of bridge is normally used when there are only abutment teeth on one side of the gap in your smile, or where the teeth that would normally be used are already supporting another restoration.

Maryland bonded bridge.

lso known as a resin bonded bridge, this is most often used to replace front teeth and is fixed to healthy teeth using metal or porcelain wings on either side of the bridge.

Implant-supported bridge.

As its name suggests, this solution combines the design of a conventional bridge, but rather than using neighboring teeth for support, the entire restoration is placed onto titanium posts which have been implanted into the jawbone via the gum. The bone grows around the implant posts, anchoring them permanently in place.

The benefits of a dental bridge

Choosing a dental bridge gives patients a number of valuable benefits. These include:

  • The ability to restore the function of their teeth.

  • A way of restoring the natural appearance of their teeth.

  • Proper distribution of the biting forces which avoids uneven wear being placed across the teeth.

  • Prevention of the movement of remaining teeth which might otherwise shift to take advantage of the extra space. This can open up other small gaps which can affect the appearance of your smile, as well as increase your risk of developing decay and gum disease since the small gaps can be hard to clean effectively.

Whether this is your first dental bridge, or you are looking for a replacement for your current restoration, our experienced dental team would be delighted to help. Please contact our Colorado offices today to speak to us or to arrange an appointment.

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