Are you looking for a way to replace a missing tooth that isn’t removable, lets you bite and chew normally, but doesn’t require surgery? A dental bridge might be right for you. Dental bridges use crowns placed over your natural teeth to support a replacement tooth. With a bridge, you will get a natural-looking replacement tooth that works almost exactly like a natural tooth. You won’t have to give up the foods you love, and you can keep showing off your smile.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have been around a long time. They continue to be used because they offer many benefits, including:
- Secure replacement tooth
- Ability to eat normally
- Attractive replacement tooth
- No need for surgery
- Long-lasting results
Dental bridges are bonded to your natural teeth. They won’t come out on their own, and you don’t have to remove them for cleaning. These restorations are secure enough that you can bite and chew normally.
Dental bridges look normal. They are made of attractive and strong ceramics, with the three units (two crowns and a replacement tooth) fused together–there’s no wires or other visible supports.
Because bridges are just bonded to the tops of your natural teeth, we don’t need to do surgery to place them.
The strength of dental bridges and the support of natural teeth give bridges a long life–10-15 years.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are restorations that literally bridge a gap in your teeth. Dental crowns on either side of the gap attach to one or more replacement teeth in between.
To create a bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap are prepared to receive crowns. We use iTero to create a digital image of your teeth. This is fast, accurate, and comfortable–no need to bite into a gooey impression tray. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge, then the scans will be sent to the lab. They will make your bridge.
When the bridge is ready, we’ll call you in for a final fitting. We’ll check the appearance and fit of the bridge, then bond it to your teeth.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
While bridges are a good restoration, they do have limitations. A dental bridge:
- Can only be used in limited situations
- Might reduce the life of supporting teeth
- Doesn’t stimulate the bones and gums
Dental bridges require that your natural teeth be able to support the bite force of the missing teeth that are being replaced. This usually limits dental bridges to replacing one missing tooth supported by two natural teeth.
Even then, sometimes the additional force is too much for the supporting teeth, which might fail prematurely because of the bridge.
Finally, dental bridges don’t stimulate the jawbone. Once a tooth is lost, the body removes the bone that used to support it. Without stimulation, this can happen under a dental bridge, which can lead to the collapse of the jawbone and the gums.
Dental implants can get around all these limitations.
Considering a Dental Bridge in Kuna?
Are you thinking that a dental bridge might be the best tooth replacement for you? Please call (208) 922-1755 today for an appointment with a Kuna dentist at Deluxe Dental.