A common treatment at our Fort Collins family dentistry is a Dental Bridge which is a device used to fill in a gap created by one or more teeth that are missing. Your smile is very important as it is one of the first things people notice when meeting you. If your smile has issues, you may feel very self conscious. A cosmetic dentist at Shores Family Dentistry can be of great help in correcting this so you can feel confident at all times.
Our local dentistry staff will recommend a dental bridge if you have one or more missing teeth and tend to have good oral hygiene overall. Gaps left by missing teeth can lead to problems as the teeth on either side of the gap can move. In addition, the teeth that are exposed when a tooth falls out are more likely to suffer from gum disease and/or tooth decay. If you do not have good oral hygiene, other options must be looked at within our Fort Collins dentistry office.
In the Fort Collins family dentistry market there are three basic types of dental bridges. Cantilever bridges are used in areas of the mouth where teeth are present on only one side of the gap. The false tooth will be anchored to one or more teeth when this is the case. Resin bonded bridges are used for the front teeth in most cases. A bridge of this type may be used if the teeth on the other side of the bridge are healthy. The bridge is first fused to metal bands which are then bonded to the adjoining teeth. This hides the resin and reduces the amount of prep work needed on the abutment teeth. Traditional fixed bridges are attached to teeth on either side of the bridge to hold them in place. At our Fort Collins dentistry clinic this is referred to as a fixed bridge as it cannot be removed from your mouth once it has been put into place.
Before you go and get a dental bridge, you need to consider the advantages and disadvantages of doing so. A bridge looks very natural and can be completed in as little as two visits to any of our Fort Collins family dentistry doctors. If you follow good oral hygiene practices, the bridge may last ten years or more. Your smile will be restored along with your ability to speak and chew properly. The shape of your face will also be maintained. After your bridge is installed, your teeth may be sensitive for a few weeks. If you do not follow good oral hygiene practices, bacteria may build up in your mouth and lead to a gum infection. Consider all these issues before you choose this route as a fixed or cantilever dental bridge can be a great thing, but only if taken care of properly.
Due to the doctors at our local dentistry clinic and in the medical advancements of Fort Collins dentistry we will teach you everything you need to know to properly take care of your new dental bridge.
Bridges are prescribed for damaged, decayed or broken teeth.
The damaged teeth are prepared by eliminating tooth structure.
After fabrication the bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.
Bridges restore the natural beauty and health of teeth.
We use these products for this type of treatment: