With Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Robert Lee, your conveniently located Centennial, CO, dentists, every patient can expect exceptional dental services. Our doctors, and their talented dental team can provide you with comfortable, secure dental bridges that perform just like your natural teeth.
The Importance of Healthy Teeth
Every tooth in the human mouth has an important function whether that relates to speaking, chewing or smiling. Missing two or more adjacent teeth can not only affect your ability to chew or speak clearly, but can cause misalignment with adjacent teeth and gums. Gaps within your teeth can cause your bite to shift, which can increase your risk for gum disease, tooth decay and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder over time. Each tooth has its position and role and needs the support of an opposing and adjacent tooth. Without this support, shifting occurs and can affect your smile. It can also cause your mouth and cheeks to sink, making you look older in appearance.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth. Statistics reveal that 69 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have at least one tooth missing from decay, accidents or gum disease. Dental bridges are supported by teeth on either side of the missing teeth and are sometimes referred to as abutment teeth. The prosthetic can be constructed of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of materials.
Options for Dental Bridges
Your family and cosmetic dentists, Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Robert Lee, offer three types of dental bridges. Each one has a specific design and can be used depending upon the former position of the missing tooth.
The dental bridges we provide at our dental offices are made from the strongest materials available for a custom fit that looks and feels completely natural.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A fixed or traditional dental bridge is composed of one or more false teeth that are supported on either side by a crown. With this option, the crown covers the natural teeth on either side of the gap, allowing the false tooth or teeth to rest on the gums. This is a very common type of bridge that easily adapts to nearly any part of the mouth. Traditional dental bridges can be made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Resin-Bonded Dental Bridge
A resin-bonded dental bridge, sometimes called a Maryland bonded bridge, consists of artificial teeth that span the gap supported by a metal frame. Metal bands are bonded to either side of the abutment or anchoring teeth. With this option the metal bands are fastened and conveniently hidden behind the teeth. Overall, this option is a less-invasive process and is also appropriate for missing front teeth where the bite force is minimal.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
A cantilever dental bridge, while similar to a fixed bridge, differs in that the anchoring is attached to only one tooth rather than two. This option is used most often for a missing tooth located in the back of the mouth or when the option only provides one healthy tooth for attachment.
What to Expect during a Dental Bridge Procedure
Specializing in dental bridge procedures, Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Robert Lee can typically complete the entire process in two to three visits. As always, our doctors and their team of experts can discuss the available options after an examination and evaluation of your smile. Then he can prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by contouring and shaping a portion of the enamel and dentin for a custom fit. We can take impressions of your smile, which will be used by our dental lab during fabrication to ensure precision.
Once we receive the bridge back from the lab, our doctors and their staff can assist with adjustments for that secure and perfect fit. The dental bridges we provide at our Centennial dental offices are made from the strongest materials available for a custom fit that looks and feels completely natural.
Contact Us Today
We are proud to provide first-class family and cosmetic dentistry to our patients. If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, contact The Dentist of Colorado to schedule an appointment or give us a call at (303) 400-9700 and begin your journey towards a healthier and brighter smile.