Tooth replacement is within reach in Boulder, CO with dental bridges
As a form of tooth replacement at Alleman Family Dental, dental bridges are within reach in Boulder, CO. They present a cost-effective way to restore the lasting health, beauty, and functionality to your smile. As with all treatment options, however, there are important considerations to reaching your most lovely, healthy smile.
Bridge the gap
Dr. Daniel Alleman examines your teeth and gums. If you are missing teeth, or if he determines that a tooth must be extracted, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. The bridge is generally an option for patients with one missing tooth or some groupings of missing teeth. We refer to “groupings of teeth,” because all forms of tooth replacement must depend on something for their support. In this case, dental bridges depend on other teeth for their support. If you do not have sufficient, healthy teeth to support the replacement tooth (or teeth), we may recommend other tooth replacement options. These options include:
- Removable partial dentures
- Removable complete dentures
- Dental implant-supported bridges or crowns
- Dental implant-retained partial dentures or complete dentures
So, to start, the number and location of your missing teeth plays a factor in whether you are a good candidate for bridges or another type of tooth replacement. Beyond that, we will discuss other considerations. For instance, the pontic (replacement tooth) is supported by abutment or anchor teeth. These teeth are neighbors to the pontic. They must be crowned to provide adequate support to the pontic. All teeth to be crowned are reduced in size and shaped. This step allows for the crown to fit on the top of the natural, prepared tooth properly. Patients must be OK with a portion of their natural, otherwise healthy teeth being removed to accommodate the crown that provides sufficient stability to the pontic.
Additionally, the pontic and the crowns are fused together and cemented to the natural, reduced teeth as one piece. In turn, this single unit “bridges” the gap. To properly clean underneath the bridge, can require a little getting used to, as the spaces between the teeth may be quite narrow. We can show you how to use floss threaders or interdental picks to keep these tight spaces cleanand free of the bacteria that produce plaque, and that promote tooth decay and gum disease. With proper care, your bridges can last for years, and look and feel no different than healthy, natural teeth.