Dental bridges are an important tool in restoring the function and appearance of your smile. At Ardas Family Dental, our experienced team offers high-quality dental bridges to patients in Parker, Colorado and the surrounding communities. Whether you are missing one tooth or several teeth, our dental bridges can help.
If you are considering a dental bridge, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We will help you determine whether or not you are a candidate and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth, also known as pontics, that are used to fill in the gap created by missing teeth. The pontics are attached to dental crowns, which are placed on the natural teeth or implants adjacent to the gap. This creates a “bridge” of sorts, hence the name. Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two.
What are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges offer many benefits for patients who are missing teeth. In addition to restoring the function of your teeth, dental bridges can also help to improve your appearance. Missing teeth can cause your face to sag and make you look older than you are. Dental bridges can help to fill out your face and give you a more youthful appearance.
In addition, dental bridges can help to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place. When you have missing teeth, the surrounding teeth can begin to shift in an attempt to fill the gap. This can cause problems with your bite and make it difficult to eat and speak properly. Dental bridges can help to keep your teeth in their proper place and prevent these problems from occurring.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. The best way to determine whether or not you are a candidate is to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. During your consultation, we will examine your mouth and teeth to determine if a dental bridge is the right solution for you. We will also take into account your overall health and any other factors that may impact your ability to wear a dental bridge.
In most cases, patients who are missing teeth and have healthy gums are good candidates for dental bridges. However, there are some exceptions. If you have an active gum infection, for instance, you may need to wait until the infection is resolved before you can get a dental bridge.
What is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?
The process for getting a dental bridge typically takes place over the course of two or three office visits. During your first visit, we will prepare your teeth for the placement of the dental crowns. This involves numbing your teeth and removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crowns. Once your teeth have been prepared, we will take impressions that will be used to create your dental crowns and pontics.
While your dental crowns and pontics are being made, we will place temporary crowns on your teeth. During your second visit, we will remove the temporary crowns and replace them with your permanent dental bridge. We will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that your bridge fits properly and is comfortable for you.
It is important to note that the placement of dental implants is a separate procedure that must be performed before your dental bridge can be placed. If you are missing teeth and do not have implants, our team can place them during your initial visit. However, if you already have implants, we will need to coordinate with your implant dentist to ensure that everything is in place before we can proceed with the placement of your dental bridge.
If you are missing one or more teeth, contact Ardas Family Dental today at 720-459-8420 to learn more about our dental bridges. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you decide if dental bridges are the right solution for you.