If extensive tooth decay has left a gap in your smile, our team at Gentle Touch Dental can provide dental bridges as a possible solution. Dental bridges serve as a row of healthy teeth that work to fill those gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. Having missing teeth can be harmful to your oral health, and fixing it with dental bridges can potentially reverse any problems you may be experiencing with your missing teeth. Even when dental bridges aren’t for everyone, we will work with you to find the best treatment plan and give you a clean, happy smile in return.
Why Choose Dental Bridges As Treatment?
Dental bridges replace rows of teeth with false, restorative teeth specifically designed by dental laboratories to provide a bridge between the missing spaces and your healthy teeth. These restorations can have a wide range of applications and can help secure any remaining teeth you have. Missing teeth have been known to cause severe health problems later on, as having even one missing tooth can lead to tooth decay, overcrowding, gum disease, and even bone loss.
Bridges, however, protect your teeth from the potential downfalls of these conditions. They could be an excellent solution for you as long as you have healthy surrounding teeth and adequate bone support. At Gentle Touch Dental, we recommend being proactive about your oral health, so if you have any missing teeth, it’s essential to see your dentist as soon as possible for treatment!
What Types of Bridges Are Available?
Fixing alignment, replacing missing teeth, and preventing gum disease are just some of the small benefits that bridges can bring to you. Because of their extensive use, bridges come in four types:
- Traditional Bridges: The bridge of cemented teeth is supported by the adjacent surrounding teeth and uses crowns as the base point for the support. The healthy teeth would need to be partially trimmed down to install the crown, and then once the crowns are placed in, the dental bridge will be installed.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Similar to traditional crowns, implant-supported crowns use implants instead of crowns as the support for the bridge. This option works for patients who have adequate bone structure but many missing teeth to help reduce costs and improve bone density.
- Cantilever Bridges: These types of bridges use one natural tooth with a crown as a support for one artificial tooth because bridges do not have to consist of more than one tooth structure to be used.
- Maryland Bridges: For replacing the visible front teeth, the back teeth act as a support for the front bridge.
Because bridges rely heavily on the support of natural or artificial teeth, dental bridges can be an option for those who have missing teeth but otherwise have good bone health. Bridges work as a preservation method for those who have suffered from poor oral health, and at our office in Cheyenne, WY, we’ll be able to provide you with the restorations needed for a healthier smile.