Dental bridges have been used in dentistry for many years. They are an effective way to replace missing teeth and can help to restore your smile. A dental bridge is designed to look like your natural teeth and can be matched to the color of your teeth. A dental bridge can be used on its own, or it can be attached to dental implants for optimal stability.

To schedule a consultation at our Cherry Creek dental practice, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656. We have restored smiles with dental bridges for patients from Englewood, Denver, Cherry Creek and across the metro area.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is usually made in two parts. The first part is called the pontic, which is the artificial tooth that fills the space of the missing tooth. The second part is called the abutment, which supports the pontic. The abutment is usually made from metal or porcelain and is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space. The porcelain dental bridge is then cemented into place. Dental bridges can be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal or a combination of both.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

There are many benefits to choosing a dental bridge to replace missing teeth.

  • Provide an effective alternative for people who are not dental implant candidates.
  • Provide an option when dental implants are not an option financially.
  • Can help to improve your chewing ability.
  • They can help to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place.
  • Bridges can help to restore your speaking ability.
  • Dental bridges can help to improve the overall appearance of your mouth.
  • Restores a great smile.

Why Dental Bridges Are Important

Replacing missing teeth in the mouth is important. Teeth need other teeth for support to stay aligned. If missing teeth are not replaced, other teeth can begin to shift and tilt, resulting in a bad bite and difficulty eating. Additionally, missing teeth can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Missing teeth can also lead to changes in the bone beneath your teeth, causing it to deteriorate, leading to a shrunken jaw appearance. Dental bridges can help to prevent these future problems and restore your smile.

Types Of Bridges

The type of dental bridge you choose will be based on several factors, including the missing tooth’s location, the adjacent teeth’ health, and your budget. The three most common types of dental bridges are:

  • Traditional Bridges: A traditional bridge is made from porcelain or ceramic and is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space. Traditional bridges are usually used when there are healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
  • Cantilever Bridges: A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it is only attached to one natural or abutment tooth. Cantilever bridges are usually used when there is only one healthy tooth next to the space.
  • Maryland Bridges: A Maryland bridge is made from porcelain or metal and is attached to the back of the natural teeth on either side of the space. Maryland bridges are usually used when the missing tooth is in the front of the mouth.

The Dental Bridge Process

Getting a dental bridge usually takes two visits to our Cherry Creek dental office. During the first visit, we will prep your teeth and take impressions. These impressions will be used to create your porcelain dental bridge. We will also fit you with a temporary bridge so your smile is not affected during the waiting period.

We will remove the temporary bridge at your second appointment and cement your new porcelain dental bridge into place. We will make necessary adjustments to ensure that your new dental bridge fits comfortably and looks natural.

CEREC® Dental Bridges

Our office uses CEREC technology to create porcelain dental bridges. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This means we can create your porcelain dental bridge quicker without sending it to a dental lab. CEREC porcelain dental bridges are made from high-quality porcelain that is strong and durable. The porcelain can be matched to the color of your teeth so that it looks natural.

Dental Bridge Maintenance

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Once your dental bridge is in place, it is important to take care of it so that it lasts many years. Proper dental bridge maintenance includes:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Visiting our Cherry Creek dental office regularly for exams and cleanings.
  • Eating a healthy diet and avoiding hard and sticky foods.

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

Porcelain bridges can last for many years with proper care. However, over time they will eventually need to be replaced. The porcelain can chip or break, and the metal underneath can wear down. You will need to get a new porcelain dental bridge when this happens.

Denver Dental Bridge Specialists

At DeWitt Dental Associates, we aim to help you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. We offer a full range of dental services, including porcelain dental bridges. We use the latest technology, including CEREC porcelain dental bridges, to provide our patients with the best possible results. If you are missing one or more teeth and are searching for dental bridges in Denver, we can help. Contact our Cherry Creek dental practice at 303-321-5656

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a dental bridge change how I speak?

It is common for patients to have a lisp, pronunciation challenges, or speak differently after getting dental bridges. This is because the tongue needs to get used to the new dental bridge. The lisp should disappear after a few days as your tongue gets used to the dental bridge.

Do porcelain dental bridges look natural?

Yes, porcelain dental bridges can look very natural. The porcelain can be matched to the color of your teeth, and the dental bridge will be designed to fit in with your smile.

Are dental bridges permanent?

No, dental bridges are not permanent. They are made from strong, durable materials but will eventually need to be replaced as the porcelain can chip or break, and the metal underneath can wear down. However, with proper care, porcelain dental bridges can last for many years.

What is the difference between a porcelain dental bridge and an implant?

An implant is a metal rod that is surgically placed in the jawbone. A porcelain dental bridge is a false tooth held in place by metal clasps on the adjacent teeth.

How much does a porcelain dental bridge cost?

The cost of a porcelain dental bridge will vary depending on the individual case. Factors that can affect the cost include the number of teeth missing, the type of porcelain used, and whether the adjacent teeth need to be prepared.

Do dental bridges hurt?

There is usually no pain involved in getting a porcelain dental bridge. However, the adjacent teeth may be sensitive for a few days after the dental bridge is placed.