Dental Bridge Solutions at Cody Dental Group
If you’re a Denver, CO resident looking to restore your smile through a dental bridge, the professional team at Cody Dental Group is here to help. No matter the scope of your dental needs, you can find all the services you and your family require under one roof. You don’t have to live life afraid to show off your smile due to chipped, broken, discolored, or missing teeth. We have the aesthetic and restoration solutions you’re looking for. Keep reading to learn more about dental bridges or contact us now to schedule an appointment with us.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. This solution is the best choice for those who want to fill in adjacent missing teeth in their smile without dealing with the dental implant process. Dental bridges typically consist of two or more specially fitted crowns that are placed on abutment or anchoring teeth on either side of the space where the missing tooth or teeth are. Bridges literally “bridge the gap” where one or more teeth may have been. Better yet, a dental bridge is permanently cemented in place, so you don’t have to worry about removing or cleaning it, or worrying about it falling out when you’re laughing, talking, or eating. A well-designed and well-maintained bridge can offer natural-looking aesthetics and superior function for more extended periods, making it an ideal restoration option.
What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a time-tested and common solution for replacing missing teeth. There are a few different dental bridge options available, and we’ll help you determine which bridge best suits you and your particular dental needs. For more information on each type of dental bridge we offer, refer to the list below:
- Traditional dental bridges – As the most popular type of dental bridge, a traditional option is used when a patient has natural teeth or existing implants on either side of the missing tooth space. They are lightweight, small, and provide optimal chewing comfort.
- Cantilever dental bridges – This type of bridge is used when there is only one anchor tooth to support the missing tooth or teeth. In this case, two prosthetic teeth are fused together with one of the prosthetics (a crown) fitting over an existing tooth near the gap.
- Maryland dental bridges – Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, this type is designed with plastic teeth and metal attachments. These metal attachments wing off either side of the prosthetic tooth and are bonded to a patient’s existing teeth. This is a more cost-effective and minimally-invasive bridge option.
- Composite dental bridges – Composite bridges are a cost-effective and quick solution to replacing a missing tooth. A composite bonding material will be placed directly into the missing space as a more temporary solution.
- Implant-supported bridges – This dental bridge type has been rising in popularity over the years due to the fact that no existing teeth will need to be filed or trimmed down to support a crown. Implant-supported bridges are – you guessed it – supported by dental implants. This is an excellent option because the implants will stimulate the bones just as a tooth’s roots would.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
There are many benefits to dental bridges. The main advantage dental bridges have over implants is that they are typically a more cost-effective restoration. If you have more than one missing teeth in a row, you can fill the gap with a bridge rather than having to pay for multiple implants to be placed. Additionally, dental implants are not suitable for patients who have bone loss. With a dental bridge, you won’t have to worry about the necessity of bone grafting to attach the device within your jaw securely. Bridges are also a much quicker therapeutic process, as dental implants typically take several months to be placed. Some additional benefits of dental bridges include the following:
- They are small and lightweight
- Known to correct and redistribute natural bite force
- Provide optimal chewing comfort
- Halt the shifting and moving of neighboring teeth
- Increase speaking and eating ability
- Made to last a long time
- Only require two to three appointments
- Do not always require dental surgery
- Are great for those who cannot undergo surgery
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
While this all depends on your particular oral health, most patients who are missing one to three adjacent teeth are considered appropriate candidates for dental bridge placement. We will assess your gums and overall oral health to determine if dental bridges are the best restorative solution for you and your missing teeth. If you happen to exhibit signs of gingivitis, we will need to go through with treatment before a bridge can be placed. Patients will also need to have strong, healthy teeth to support the crowns on either side of the bridge. If you want to go with an implant-supported bridge, you will need to exhibit sufficient gum health and jawbone density. We will be able to determine your candidacy as soon as you schedule an appointment with us.
Call Cody Dental Group Today
If you’d like to look further into restoring your smile through dental bridge solutions, feel free to give us a call so we can determine the best restorative solutions to improve your smile. Please don’t wait to reach out to us! A healthier, brighter, and more confident smile is just a phone call away.