A dental bridge is an effective way to close a gap in your smile caused by tooth loss. As the name suggests, this fixed restoration bridges the space where your teeth used to be. It is important to replace missing teeth, and doing so with a dental bridge can drastically improve the look and function of your smile.
Learn if a bridge is right for you by speaking with Dr. Scavuzzo in person. Call 303-741-2727 to schedule your consultation. Scavuzzo Dental Care serves Centennial, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and other areas of Colorado.
How Does a Dental Bridge Work?
A dental bridge consists of artificial teeth made from natural-looking materials such as porcelain or ceramic. These artificial teeth span the gap in your smile, improving both aesthetics and function. But unlike dental implants that also replace missing teeth, a bridge does not substitute lost tooth roots.
We offer several types of dental bridges to meet your unique needs. A traditional dental bridge is the most common option and uses your natural teeth to support the replacement ones. Getting this type of bridge involves placing crowns over the teeth on each side of the gap to hold the restoration.
Patients who are not ideal candidates for a traditional bridge have other options. An implant-supported bridge can be a great alternative to a traditional one since it does not use natural teeth for support. Instead, this bridge gets its stability from crowns attached to implants. Dr. Scavuzzo will determine which type of bridge is right for your situation.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is often a great choice to fill a gap created by missing teeth. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. You may also feel embarrassed to smile and have trouble eating and speaking. A dental bridge addresses these problems.
Dental bridges can help you by:
- Preventing remaining teeth from moving out of place
- Improving your speech and pronunciation
- Distributing the forces in your bite
- Restoring your ability to chew
- Maintaining your face shape
Since a traditional dental bridge does not replace the root of a missing tooth, it is not as effective at preventing jawbone loss as a dental implant. Implants are placed directly in the bone, where they maintain proper structure by stimulating the area. Dr. Scavuzzo will discuss this consideration to help you arrive at the best choice.
Dental Bridge Placement and Longevity
The process of getting a traditional dental bridge takes several steps. During your first visit, Dr. Scavuzzo will prepare the teeth on each side of your gap. Preparation consists of recontouring the teeth to make room for dental crowns. At this point, you will receive a temporary bridge until the final one is ready.
During a second appointment, Dr. Scavuzzo will remove the temporary bridge and cement the final one in place. Every case is different, and you may need additional visits to check and adjust the fit of your bridge. These steps change with the different types of bridges, as implant-supported bridges require the added stage of implant placement.
Dental bridges tend to last between 5 and 15 years. Good oral health and proper dental habits can go a long way to extend the longevity of this dental restoration. Patients looking for a longer-lasting solution to missing teeth may want to consider implants, as they tend to be permanent.
Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation
A dental bridge is a great tooth replacement option for many people. A consultation is required to determine if this or another restoration is right for your needs. Call 303-741-2727 today to schedule a visit to our practice. We welcome patients from Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree, Colorado.