A Bridge Not Too Far

Missing teeth no longer have to plague your smile. At North Washington Dental, our skilled cosmetic dentists utilize dental bridges to fill gaps with permanent, beautiful replacement teeth.

A dental bridge is a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Dental bridges prevent teeth shifting that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth. And most importantly, a dental bridge solves the problem of missing teeth.

Bridging the Gap

Dental crowns can be used to create lifelike replacements for missing teeth. For dental bridgework trying to replace a single tooth, at least three crowns are required.

Two of the crowns involved in the bridging process will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. These healthy teeth are referred to as “abutment teeth.” The crowned abutment teeth support a third crown placed in between them. That third crown is referred to as a “pontic.” If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be required to bridge the gap between the abutment teeth. For example, if you have three missing teeth then four abutment teeth may be necessary to create a seven-tooth bridge.

Abutment Teeth

The number of abutment teeth needed to replace a missing tooth is influenced by several factors. For one, the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. Other factors include:

  • Where in the mouth the missing tooth is located
  • Size and length of the abutment tooth roots
  • Amount of bone support within each abutment tooth

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

Dental crowns and dental bridges need the same care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss them every day to avoid bacteria build up. If you tend to grind your teeth at night then consider wearing a nightguard. Furthermore, be sure to maintain regularly scheduled cleanings with your trusted Thornton, CO cosmetic dentists.

Benefiting from a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge can replace missing teeth while safeguarding existing teeth. It is a great cosmetic dentistry treatment that can restore health, beauty, and vibrancy to your smile. Contact our Thornton family dentistry to speak with one of our team members and learn how you can benefit from this treatment, or one of our other cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services today!

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North Washington Dental
10001 Washington Street Thornton , CO 80229
Phone: 303-452-2053
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