Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a “replacement tooth” that relies on support from surrounding teeth to fill in a gap in your mouth. Dental bridges are devices that attach to your natural adjacent teeth to restore balance and alignment after tooth loss. Bridges can either be fixed or removable. Deciding which type of bridge is ideal for you based on a number of different factors will be part of the discussion when you book a consultation with Emerald Dental in Lakewood, Colorado.

Do I Need a Dental Bridge?

If you’re missing a tooth, a bridge is an option to consider. In addition to offering aesthetic benefits, a bridge can help you maintain oral functionality in terms of things like biting and speech. A bridge can also help to support the structure of your lips and cheeks to avoid a “sunken” appearance that is common when teeth are missing from the jaw. Most importantly, a dental bridge can be an important defense against gum disease. When teeth are missing, this can place stress on gums and oral tissue that actually puts all of your remaining teeth at risk for damage, bacteria, disease, and disorders.

What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?

Typically, finishing a dental bridge takes two to three appointments. During your first appointment, we’ll prepare the adjacent teeth that will be bordering your bridge by “cleaning up” the gap to receive the bridge. Impressions will be taken to ensure an accurate fit and correct bite to help your bridge look and function like your own tooth. If you select a fixed bridge, it will be cemented to the existing teeth using crowns. There is also an option to have an implant-supported bridge placed. At Emerald Dental, we offer a wide variety of options for bridges based on the location of your missing tooth. We’ll also create a plan based on the number and spacing of your missing teeth if you’ve experienced tooth loss in several spots.

What Is Living With a Dental Bridge Like?

Once your bridge is in place, it will be important to be diligent about brushing and flossing to keep your bridge and surrounding teeth clean. All of the same rules for preventing bacteria and decay still apply once you have a bridge. While most people generally find that their bridges feel like natural teeth, you will be advised on some foods to avoid to prevent damage to your new bridge.

How Do I Find a Dentist Lakewood CO Residents Can See for Bridges?

If you’d like to learn more about getting a dental bridge to correct a missing tooth, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters and the Emerald Dental team will be happy to explain this option to you. Specializing in gentle and sedative dentistry since 1995, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters uses the latest technology and materials for bridges for patients in the Lakewood area. We know how important it is for you to find a dentist that Lakewood CO residents can rely on for quality care provided with professionalism and understanding without pressure. For more information about dental bridges, contact Emerald Dental to book your appointment.