Dental bridges can effectively “bridge” the gap after tooth loss

Dental bridges

A bridge is a non-surgical way to replace one or many teeth. A bridge uses the adjacent teeth as anchors to support the missing tooth or teeth. With today’s dental advancements, a bridge can be fabricated in a fairly short period of time, using a metal or nonmetal foundation. Don’t let that missing tooth affect the way you speak, eat, and smile. Bridges yield immediate results that last a lifetime. Ask your dentist what type of bridge may be right for you.

Many patients don’t realize how essential it is to have their teeth replaced as soon as they are lost or extracted. Missing permanent teeth can affect the smile. The remaining teeth left in the smile may shift out of place, creating gaps. Alternatively, bone loss can occur with time. This can result in the loosening of the surrounding teeth. And it may be harder to speak clearly without certain teeth in place. Dr. Steve Dugan of Dugan Family Dentistry PA in Wichita, Kansas, is a comprehensive dentist who can provide restorative options for patients to consider. This includes the popular dental bridge.

How does a dental bridge work?

A dental bridge is one of several options to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of a false tooth, called a pontic, attached to two custom dental crowns. The crowns are bonded over the natural teeth on either side of the space. This type of dental restoration is sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture. Bridges can be made from materials like gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and are matched to the color of your natural teeth.

What are the advantages of getting a dental bridge?

  • Aesthetics – Dental bridges can improve the appearance of your smile and help restore your face to its natural shape.
  • Chewing and speaking – Bridges make it easier to chew and speak properly.
  • Prevention of tooth movement – Bridges help prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
  • Maintaining facial shape – Without support from the teeth, facial muscles can sag, making you look older. Dental bridges help support facial structures and prevent premature wrinkles.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

Some of the more common bridges include:

  • Traditional bridge
  • Cantilever bridge
  • Maryland bridge
  • Resin-bonded bridge

Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth in a row?

Dental bridges might be suitable for you! Connect with Dr. Steve Dugan and his team at Dugan Family Dentistry PA to learn more about this and other restorative dentistry procedures available at the office. Call (316) 669-4838 to request a consultation appointment at 7405 West Central Avenue. The office regularly assists patients in many surrounding communities, including Derby, Haysville, Clearwater, Goddard, Maize, Andale, Colwich, and Andover.