Missing teeth can be disconcerting at best and an unsightly, uncomfortable problem at best. Dental bridges from your Las Vegas dentist can be a great option to restore your healthy and beautiful smile. Dental bridges literally “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth. Just like a bridge over a body of water, dental bridges require support on either end. This makes them a bit different than other restorative options.
Dental bridges are custom fit to each patient. For that reason, you’ll want a dentist who is experienced in creating beautiful, natural-looking and sturdy dental bridges. We may use porcelain or composite resin in order to make the bridge appear like a natural part of your smile. Your bridge may be either fixed or removable. There are advantages to both of these options, and your dentist may determine which is best for you based on your age, teeth and personal preference.
Fixed bridges require one replacement tooth to fit the gap in your smile, along with crowns to cap the neighboring teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be removed for cleaning, so you’ll need to take extra care to keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean and healthy.
Removable bridges, also known as partial dentures, are not attached to surrounding teeth. Usually a less expensive option than fixed bridges, removable bridges are also easier to keep clean. This type of bridge is also a good option for those who need a temporary solution until further dental work is completed down the line.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
If you have missing or damaged teeth, you could be a candidate for dental bridges. Bridges are important in that they can help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting due to the open space. Dental bridges can also help patients who want to restore the look of their smile or need a better bite to help facilitate chewing.