Restore missing teeth and improve your smile with dental bridges from Liberty Lake Smile Source. We can design a gorgeous bridge to close gaps in your smile. Dental bridges use your existing teeth to support prosthetic teeth to restore your complete smile. If you are embarrassed of missing teeth, it is time to talk to our cosmetic and restorative dentists at Liberty Lake Smile Source in Spokane Valley.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental implants and partial dentures can be used to replace single missing teeth, but each has pros and cons. A dental bridge is less expensive than a dental implant, but it is fixed in place, unlike removable partial dentures. A bridge uses dental crowns to attach to teeth adjacent to the missing tooth gap. The gap is filled with pontics, which are prosthetic teeth. For example, if only one missing tooth needs to be replaced, a row of three teeth restorations is used in a bridge, a crown, pontic and another crown. The crowns are fitted over the adjacent teeth, supporting the pontic in between.
Dental bridges require the adjacent teeth be prepared for dental crowns. Some tooth material is removed to allow the tooth to be covered with the cap/crown. Once the teeth are prepared, an impression or 3D image is made of the involved teeth and missing tooth. The “mold” is sent to a dental lab which creates a dental bridge from tooth-colored ceramics or porcelain. Once the dental bridge is complete, the crowns are bonded onto the teeth, securing the pontics in place.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can provide a beautiful tooth restoration that looks natural. While not as strong as a dental implant, the procedure is less expensive and less invasive. Bridges will not move or slip out of place like a partial denture, which improves the function and the aesthetics. Dental bridges can also be completed quickly, usually in about two weeks or less.
If you are missing teeth and want to explore your options to restore your smile, come see us at Liberty Lake Smile Source. We have a variety of options to replace missing teeth, including dental bridges. Contact our office in Liberty Lake, WA, to schedule your dental bridge consultation.