Dental Bridges Overview

When you are missing even a single tooth it can cause you to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable in many social situations. You may believe that there is no workable solution for such an issue, but Dr. Visger at Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont, CO provides our patients with restorative dentistry, including dental bridges.

Providing a solution that is just as it sounds, dental bridges close the gap between two teeth by providing a prosthetic tooth where one has been lost. They are a wonderfully effective solution to one or more missing teeth. However, they do need to be anchored, and good candidates for bridges will require the two teeth to retain the bridge, permanently in place.

Even then, patients who may not have the two teeth required can rely on implants to anchor their dental bridges. One major part of restorative dentistry is to restore the bite in addition to the individual teeth. That is why dental implants are an important area of restorative treatment. Through the use of one or two implants, you can have dental bridges or even entire dental plates secured into position.

Additionally, the teeth that are used to anchor bridges must be fitted with dental crowns. This is to allow the appropriate strength and to prevent the natural teeth from wearing or breaking when connected to the dental bridges.

Many wonder why they should use dental bridges when dentures are available. The simple answer is that it all comes down to a matter of preference. If you would prefer to use an appliance that is permanently fixed into place and as solid as the natural teeth that were there before it, then you are a good candidate for dental bridges.

If, however, you prefer to remove the appliance for cleaning and you do not mind the use of adhesives or frameworks to support them, then dentures may be a good choice.

There are so many ways you can use restorative dentistry to save teeth that are injured, damaged, or at risk for being lost. Doing so allows you to use them like before. However, not all teeth can be saved and then it becomes a matter of restoring the function of your bite. Dental bridges are ideal for such times.

If you have questions about dental bridges, or wish to discuss your options restorative dentistry, give us a call at 303-772-6960. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.


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