If you are missing one or more teeth, it is important to have them replaced as soon as possible. Filling in the gaps in your smile can eliminate the development of gum disease, tooth decay, and shifting teeth all of which can lead to even further damage to your oral health.
Thompson Advanced Dentistry is a local dentist office in Greeley, CO that offers many solutions for missing teeth. Dr. Joseph Thompson often recommends a dental bridge to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. If you are looking for a tooth replacement option, Dr. Thompson is currently welcoming patients from the surrounding areas including Evans, CO.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are typically used to “bridge” a gap between teeth when one or several teeth are missing. A bridge is made up of prosthetic teeth that are fused together. They are held in place in the mouth by anchors, which can be the adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Bridges – The most common type of bridge consists of a dental crown, the replacement tooth (called the pontic), and another dental crown. They are fused together in row. The two dental crowns are cemented to two anchor teeth locate on both sides of the gap. These anchor teeth must be grinded down to accommodate the crowns. This and the additional stress placed on these teeth could lead to the formation of tooth decay or irreversible damage.
Cantilever bridges – This type of bridge is not often used. It involves using only one anchor tooth on one side of the gap. Because of this, it is not as durable as a traditional bridge. A cantilever bridge will not be used for back teeth since those teeth use a lot of force therefore is only typically seen replacing a front tooth.
Maryland Bridge – Where a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the anchor teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the back of the abutment teeth. The anchor teeth will not need to be grinded down and significantly reduced to accommodate the framework.
Implant Supported Dental Bridge
The most natural way to replace missing consecutive teeth is with an implant supported dental bridge. Dr. Thompson offers full services for dental implants at his Evans, CO area dentist office. He uses the latest techniques and incorporates digital technology to ensure the best possible results.
An implant supported dental bridge has a 35% higher success rate compared to a traditional dental bridge. This type of restoration uses dental implants as anchors instead of your healthy, remaining teeth. The implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone providing a durable foundation for the bridgework. There are many advantages to choosing this option over a traditional bridge. The implants being placed in the jaw bone will replace the tooth roots. This promotes continued bone growth and prevents bone loss and gum recession.
Schedule a Consultation
Thompson Advanced Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your missing teeth and the available solutions. We offer dental bridges in our Evans, CO area dentist office as an effective solution. Call us today at 970.205.9614 to schedule an appointment or you can schedule an appointment online.