Filling in Gaps in Your Smile with Dental Bridges
The primary goal of modern dentistry is to maintain natural teeth for as long as possible. However, despite all efforts, patients still may lose teeth prematurely. Whatever the cause, dental bridges are a reliable solution for replacing one or more lost teeth.
Based in Bountiful, UT, and Layton, UT, the dental professionals at Stubbs Dental are trained in a variety of techniques to replace missing teeth for their patients. They know how important chewing function and esthetics are to one's health and well-being.
The Missing Tooth Dilemma
Losing a tooth can lead to a myriad of problems, both functional and cosmetic, including:
- Difficulty speaking
- Shifting teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Difficulty chewing
Consequently, most teeth that are extracted or lost should be replaced as soon as possible. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge offers durable, functional, and natural-looking results.
Bridging the Gap
Just as a road bridge spans the two sides of a stream, a dental bridge or partial denture spans the space caused by one to three missing teeth. Bridges can be either be removable or permanently cemented into place. They usually replace one or more teeth in a row, depending on how strong and healthy the neighboring teeth are on each side of the gap.
A typical bridge consists of two parts: the crowns, which attach to your natural teeth and hold the restoration in place, and the replacement tooth or teeth, called pontics. However, while dental bridges are a reliable restorative option, they require reshaping of your natural teeth in order to fit into your smile comfortably.
During your first appointment, the doctor will remove a small amount of enamel from the surface of the neighboring teeth and take impressions to send to our trusted off-site lab. There, a skilled technician can craft a restoration that is customized to the exact shape and measurements of your teeth. Once it is finished, you can return for a second appointment where the doctor will attach bridge.
In some cases, the doctors at Stubbs Dental may recommend anchoring your bridge with dental implants instead of crowns. These small titanium posts are surgically anchored into the jaw, serving as artificial tooth roots. Consequently, implant-supported bridges can not only offer stable and long-lasting support, but can also halt the jawbone deterioration that so often follows tooth loss.
Our team uses revolutionary All-on-4® implants to...place your bridge on the same day of surgery.
Best of all, your restorations look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. However, patients must have a minimum amount of jawbone tissue to successfully support implants and qualify for this treatment option.
While traditionally implants must heal for several months before they can attach to a restoration, our team uses revolutionary All-on-4® implants to reduce that timeline and place your bridge on the same day of surgery.
Rebuild Your Smile
The team of professionals at Stubbs Dental provides careful, attentive, quality treatment to every patient. If you are ready to restore your beautiful smile and improve your chewing efficiency, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Your health and self-esteem are too important to neglect.