A dental bridge is very much what it sounds like; it bridges a gap left by missing teeth. The bridge includes artificial, or pontic teeth, anchored on either side by crowns placed on natural teeth or by an implant. Bridges are a less invasive way of replacing teeth than dentures. They are a great way to repair the look of your smile by filling in gaps. If you have missing teeth, Timothy J. Butson, DMD, MSD offers dental bridges in Seattle.
Dental bridges can be made of different materials or they can be a mixture. These include gold alloys, porcelain, non-precious alloys, or a mixture of these materials. Bridges can also be permanent or removable. Our friendly, knowledgeable dentist will meet with you and review the position of your missing teeth, the health of the surrounding teeth, and other relevant factors. He will make suggestions and work with you to determine the best dental bridge solution for your specific needs and budget. We work diligently to repair your smile with natural-looking dental bridges.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
There are other benefits to dental bridges beyond the cosmetic value of filling in missing teeth. Your teeth do more than look good in your mouth. When you are missing one or more it can have a larger effect than you may realize.
Benefits of dental bridges:
- Prevent the surrounding natural teeth from drifting out of place
- Maintain speaking ability
- Maintain chewing ability
- Maintain the shape of your face
Dental Bridges in Seattle
Creating and setting dental bridges generally takes a couple visits. In the first appointment the natural teeth are prepared for crowns and a mold is made for the missing tooth or teeth. You may decide to have a temporary bridge to wear until the appointment for your permanent one comes up. In the meantime, the mold will be sent out to a dental lab for fabrication.
During the next visit to our office in Seattle, the anchor teeth will be checked and fitted for the permanent bridge. Our dentist is careful to adjust for a proper bite. Additionally, you will be given instructions for care of your dental bridge. We want to give you every advantage in maintaining healthy oral care. Seeing our dentist for regular visits will also help you keep your dental bridge in its optimal condition.
Dental bridges help many people feel good about their smile, as they no longer need to feel self-conscious about a missing tooth or two. Our office helps you decide on the right type of dental bridge for your needs and budget. Your bridge will have the look, feel, and functionality of a natural tooth.
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