Dental Bridges in Bismarck & Garrison ND
At Deeter Dental, we understand that missing teeth can affect your self-esteem, and we know how important it is to have a smile you are not afraid to show off. There is more than one option available to you if you are missing a tooth or teeth, and one of those options is a dental bridge.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is one or more false teeth that are permanently placed between two healthy teeth in order to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The phrase “false teeth” can be misleading, however, as dental bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth and cannot be removed the way dentures can.
Your bridge will be secured by dental crowns which are placed on your adjoining healthy teeth. On some occasions may be supported by dental implants. Modern cosmetic dentistry allows us to create porcelain dental bridges which very closely match the shapes and colors of your surrounding teeth, enabling them to look very natural.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
A dental implant is surgically placed into your jaw and over time, it fuses with the bone to mimic the anchoring qualities of a natural tooth root. It is a more conservative restoration than a bridge since adjoining teeth do not have to be used as abutments. They are also a more versatile restoration since they do not require the presence of a natural tooth on either side for support.
Types of Dental Bridges
Your dental bridge may be made of one of three types or combinations of material:
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)
Most often, we recommend all-porcelain dental bridges. However, if you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we will generally recommend this treatment option over a dental bridge.
Tooth Bridge Process
Once Dr. Matt, Dr. Terry, or Dr. Lucas has determined that a dental bridge is the best option for you, he will prepare the tooth or teeth which will support the tooth crown to be used in conjunction with your bridge. We will take an impression of your prepared tooth or teeth and the space where the missing tooth used to reside. A temporary dental bridge will be placed so you can continue to eat and drink as usual.
The impression of your mouth will be sent to a local specialized dental lab where the porcelain dental bridge will be created by a highly trained technician. A dental bridge made of porcelain can be tinted to match your surrounding teeth and will look very natural. When your dental bridge returns from the lab, we will affix it to your prepared tooth or teeth using a strong dental adhesive.
Who Is Qualified To Create A Dental Bridge?
Cosmetic dentists and specially trained dental technicians are best qualified to create a dental bridge, particularly a porcelain dental bridge. Our dentists have trained at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), the premier cosmetic dentistry school in North America, providing them with the skills and experience to offer you the most natural looking restoration possible.
iTero: Digital Impression Technology
iTero’s accurate imaging results in significantly improved restorations and patients have a better experience without uncomfortable impressions.
- Eliminates the discomfort of impressions and re-impressions
- Shortens seating appointments by 22% and virtually eliminates return appointments
- Powder-free scanning for patient comfort
- Provides real-time, high-impact visualizations to help you educate patients
How Should I Care For My Porcelain Bridge?
Because dental bridges are most commonly made of dental porcelain, a very strong material, they do not require any special care. You should still brush and floss around them as you do your natural teeth, and pay close attention to your gum health. However, because the false tooth is fused to one or more neighboring tooth crowns, you will not be able to floss between the false tooth and its neighbors.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about dental bridges, please contact our Bismarck cosmetic dentists today. Our team serves patients in Bismarck, North Dakota, and surrounding communities. Call our Bismarck office at 701.222.1800 or our Garrison office at 701.463.2884.