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At Woodland Park Dentistry, our team provides patients with fixed dental bridges that offer an alternative to dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. Bridges can take the place of a single tooth or several teeth, creating a look that is natural and a smile that is dazzling.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth fused between crowns that are attached to the surrounding natural teeth, quite literally bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. By filling the gap left by a missing tooth, bridges can help to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of place. In addition to creating a more beautiful smile, these bridges can help to:
- Correct overbite or underbite
- Improve speech
- Maintain the shape of the face
- Restore the ability to chew properly
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay
Since dental issues like gum disease and tooth decay tend to increase when teeth are missing, a dental bridge can go a long way toward enhancing dental health. When utilized alongside effective oral hygiene and other necessary treatments at Woodland Park Dentistry, dental bridges can be a long-lasting solution to missing teeth.
During the first visit for your procedure for dental bridges our team will prepare your abutment teeth. Next, impressions of the teeth will be made. These serve as a model from which the bridge, artificial tooth, and crowns will be made by the dental lab. Our team will oversee the creation of a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
During your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the meticulously crafted new porcelain or metal bridge will be fitted precisely for your mouth. Multiple visits may be necessary to ensure the metal framework and bite is effective, but once this is complete, you can look forward to a healthy smile.
Because a procedure for dental bridges can be very involved, it’s important to undergo treatment from a skilled, caring dental expert. At Woodland Park Dentistry, you’ll find precisely that. If you’re looking to undergo dental bridge treatment, veneers, or any number of similar cosmetic procedures, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment.