Dental Bridges – Idaho Falls, ID
Fill the Gaps in Your Smile Today!
With the right at-home care and regular dental checkups, your teeth can last a lifetime. Unfortunately, complications can arise despite our best efforts, and sometimes we have to get teeth removed. Missing teeth come with a whole host of problems, from not being able to chew certain foods to losing confidence in your smile. The good news is that you don’t have to live like this forever. At Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls, we can literally bridge the gaps in your smile with dental bridges in Idaho Falls. With this solution that looks and feels perfectly natural, you can eat and grin with confidence again. Contact us today to learn more.
Why Choose Oxford Dental Care of Idaho Falls for Dental Bridges?
- Replace Multiple Consecutive Teeth
- Dentist with Years of Experience and Training
- High-Quality, Custom-Made Restorations
What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is one of the most traditional ways to replace the portions of one or more missing teeth above the gumline. By taking impressions of your mouth, customized dental crowns are made and placed on the remaining teeth at either end of the gap in your smile. These teeth are known as abutment teeth. Then, anywhere from one to three artificial teeth (called pontics) are suspended in between them, replacing several missing teeth in one fell swoop.
For a more modern solution, a dental bridge can also be anchored onto dental implants in Idaho Falls. One of these titanium posts can be placed at either end of the space in your grin. The crowns sit atop them and support the pontics. Bridges that are supported by dental implants are typically sturdier and last several years longer than traditional ones.
The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge
After a consultation with Dr. Brent Cline to determine that you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge, we can begin the treatment process.
During the first of a couple of appointments, we reshape your abutment teeth so that there is enough room in your mouth for the restoration. Once your teeth are prepared, we take impressions of that area of your mouth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab, where it can take a few weeks to design your bridge. In the meantime, we might place a temporary bridge. Once your final restoration is ready, simply return to our office to have your permanent bridge placed.
If you opt for an implant-retained bridge, you’ll have to undergo an oral surgery to have the implants placed and then wait a few months for the posts to integrate with your jawbone. While the process takes longer, many patients find that the added security that dental implants provide is well worth the wait.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Some of the advantages of dental bridges are:
- They prevent surrounding teeth from trying to fill the gap by drifting out of place.
- Each bridge is customized and made from high-quality, natural-looking materials to blend in with the rest of your smile.
- Bridges are strong enough to allow you to chew practically any food.
- With excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, a bridge can last more than 10 years before it needs a replacement.
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