Choosing dental bridges to restore the smile after tooth loss
- Posted on: Jan 30 2019
Drs. Nancy E. Gill and her team understand how important it is to address the smile when natural teeth have been lost. Whether your tooth has been lost due to injury to the smile or because of periodontal disease, our team of professionals will be able to provide a solution. In many cases, patients enjoy the use of dental bridges to restore their smile.
What is a dental bridge?
The first thing to understand is how a dental bridge works. Dental bridges are used in “bridging the gap” left behind when teeth are lost. Natural adult teeth that have been extracted or lost will leave behind a space in the dental arch. This is unwanted for several reasons. First, patients may experience difficulty in properly eating or speaking depending on the area in which the tooth was lost. Second, patients will begin to feel self-conscious about their smile’s appearance. Third, patients who do not place a restoration in their smile as soon as possible may experience the shifting of their teeth, resulting in even more gaps present within the arch.
Dental bridges are made of ceramic. They are fabricated using false teeth called pontics which a ceramist bonds to dental crowns on each side to create a single piece restoration. These are fabricated to match the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth to ensure that they look natural when bonded in place over the adjacent teeth. The entire process from start to finish can take approximately a week or two, but many patients are happy with their dental bridges in place to restore the smile.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are:
• More permanent than a denture
• Stronger and more durable
• Great for restoring function to the smile
• Best for patients who have one or more teeth in a row missing
Ready to enhance the smile with dental bridges?
Contact the office of Drs. Nancy E. Gill and Dallas D. Kenson to discuss your options for restoration. They are conveniently located at 1218 Arapahoe Street in Golden, Colorado, and can be reached by phone for scheduling a consultation visit by calling (303) 277-9600.
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