Dental bridges are durable tooth replacements designed to fill in the gaps and spaces left by missing teeth. Bridges often provide an effective, non-surgical solution for both the aesthetic and functional concerns missing teeth can cause. Made from porcelain, dental bridges are designed to match the structure and appearance of natural teeth and can remain resistant to stains and discoloration. Because bridges are fixed in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap, they can provide a secure, reliable tooth replacement that is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
If you have lost teeth to decay, injury, or disease and are not a good candidate for the dental implant procedure, a dental bridge can be a viable solution for regaining your smile. Patients with spaces left by missing teeth that are too minor to receive dentures or partial dentures have also been known to benefit from a dental bridge. Cosmetic dentist Jeff Blackburn, DDS, is experienced in determining the most suitable restorative tooth procedure for each patient’s unique needs. If you are missing teeth and interested in finding out which tooth replacement option is right for you, Dr. Blackburn can work with you to develop a treatment plan that can achieve your goals.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can fill in gaps left by missing teeth to help create a healthy, natural-looking smile. In addition to providing aesthetic advantages, dental bridges can be a solution for dental complications caused by missing teeth. Missing teeth are considered to be a primary oral health concern, as gaps can leave remaining teeth vulnerable to decay, and the gums more susceptible to disease. When missing teeth remain unaddressed, problems with chewing, and speaking can also arise. Surrounding teeth may even shift from their natural position, which can result in facial changes. Placement of a dental bridge can effectively remedy these concerns by closing the space between missing teeth, providing support for adjacent teeth, and restoring the full function of your bite. The benefits of dental bridges can include:
- Improvement of smile aesthetics
- Reduced risk of gum disease, decay, and shifting teeth
- A customized appearance that can blend with natural teeth
- A fixed solution for missing teeth
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure is typically completed in two office visits. The initial visit involves planning and preparation of the surrounding teeth, while the second visit entails actual placement of the bridge. The bridge will be secured by dental crowns, which are attached to the healthy teeth on each side of the patient’s gap or space. To begin the process, the healthy teeth on adjacent sides of the gap will be cleaned of plaque and prepared to accommodate crowns. Next, Dr. Blackburn will make an impression of the treatment area and send it to a trusted dental lab for manufacture of the bridge. There, the bridge is custom-designed and shade-matched to your natural tooth color. Once crafted, the bridge will be adjusted for proper fit, and the dental crowns will be bonded to your teeth for a lasting, natural-looking result.
Dental Bridges Results
After the dental bridge procedure, patients typically enjoy a full smile, a proper bite, and restored dental functionality. Those with dental bridges generally find eating, speaking, and biting more comfortable. With regular brushing and flossing, your dental bridge can last for years to come.
To learn more about dental bridges or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blackburn, please contact our practice today.