Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with Dental Bridges
Patients who are missing one to three consecutive teeth may choose to receive a custom-made dental bridge. Dr. David Casagrande offers both traditional and implant-supported restorations to meet his patients' varied needs. He combines three decades of experience with state-of-the-art computer-aided technologies to fabricate functional, natural-looking bridges in his two office locations in Billings, MT, and Boise, ID.
"Everyone wants the ProMax if they can have it."
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Traditional dental bridges are comprised of one or more artificial teeth held in place by two dental crowns. These crowns cover the teeth adjacent to the gap and securely anchor the prosthetic in place. Our office works with a trusted dental lab that uses advanced, high-quality materials to create durable, lifelike dental bridges. Depending on your budget and needs, we can makes dental bridges out of:
- Porcelain: although not as resilient as metal prosthetics, these restorations are considered highly lifelike and ideal for patients who want highly aesthetic results.
- Titanium: these bridges have a strong, stable metal base but are coated in a porcelain shell to blend in seamlessly with your smile.
- High-quality porcelain zirconia: zirconia bridges are made of an advanced type of dental ceramic. They are as strong as titanium restorations but are also slightly translucent to mirror the look of your surrounding teeth.
- IPS e.max® - Because these bridges have flexibility, which allows them to bend without breaking, they provide beautiful natural-looking results. They are chemically bonded directly to your tooth, which helps make them stay securely connected to your teeth.
Dr. Casagrande will take great care to inform you on all of your options and help you choose the material that works best for you.
Fabricating Your Bridge
During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your oral health and help you determine whether a dental bridge is the best option for your restoration. You can choose between a traditional bridge which is held in place by surrounding teeth or an implant-supported bridge for added jawbone support and stability.
A dental bridge will prevent teeth from additional shifting and provide support for your facial structure.
Prior to fabricating the bridge, a beautiful, natural-looking provisional restoration will created to immediately restore the aesthetics and beauty of your smile. This will give you a full, complete smile, while you wait for your long-term prosthetic to be completed. In order to place a traditional bridge, the doctor will begin by conservatively reshaping your teeth in order to accommodate the crowns that will hold your bridge in place. The procedure involves minimal discomfort and you will likely be able to return to your normal activities immediately following treatment. Generally, we are able to place dental bridges within two appointments.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Bridge?
Dental bridges are good restoration options for patients who are missing several consecutive missing teeth. However, if you are missing more than three teeth, you might be a better candidate for implant-supported options. As traditional bridges are held in place by surrounding teeth, those teeth must be strong and free of decay. If you choose to receive an implant-supported bridge, you should be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery as well as free of periodontal issues prior to treatment.
The Benefits of Bridges
For patients with missing teeth, dental bridges can have various health benefits. Missing teeth can cause remaining teeth to move out of place, affecting your bite and speech. If left untreated, missing teeth can also cause bone loss and facial collapse. A dental bridge will prevent teeth from additional shifting and provide support for your facial structure.
Although some materials used to create bridges are considered more lifelike and aesthetic than others, in general, dental bridges can conceal cosmetic issues caused by missing teeth and enhance your overall smile. If you are concerned about gaps in your smile, a dental bridge can help you feel confident and rejuvenated. As missing teeth can also cause a change in facial structure, bridges can prevent additional bone loss and fill in your facial structure.
Schedule a Consultation
Patients who are impacted by missing teeth or large gaps in their smile should consider how dental bridges can restore oral health. Every patient deserves a healthy, brilliant smile. We encourage you to call River Valley Advanced Dental & Implant Center at (800) 874-4667 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.