A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. In the case that a single tooth or a few teeth in a row are missing, a dental bridge may be a good option for restoring the health, function, and appearance of your smile. There are several types of bridges available; the most common type of bridge is the traditional dental bridge. A traditional bridge is composed of two dental crowns and one or more prosthetic teeth. The crowns are attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth, which are called abutment teeth. These crowns support the prosthetic tooth, which is known as a pontic. This ensures that your restoration is stable and will not easily come loose or shift in your mouth. With proper care, a dental bridge can last several years.
A dental bridge can provide several benefits to your oral health and function. Dr. Griffith may recommend a bridge in order to:
- Restore your ability to properly chew, eat, and speak
- Improve the shape and volume of your face
- Prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Enhance the beauty of your smile
- Alleviate uneven stress on the bite
Each dental bridge in Casper, Wyoming, is custom made to comfortably and aesthetically fit your smile. Placing a bridge typically requires only two visits to our office, and our team will make sure that each appointment is as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We welcome you to call or visit us today to learn more about bridges and our other options for replacing missing teeth.