Dr. Lance Anderson has years of experience repairing and restoring smiles. When patients arrive with missing teeth, he understands the concern and embarrassment it can cause, which is why he and his team offer dental bridges in Greybull. For years, these custom restorations have stood the test of time, and by “bridging the gap,” Dr. Anderson continues to help his patients achieve a new lease on life. To learn if you are a candidate for a dental bridge, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
A dental bridge is a custom restoration that uses your natural teeth as anchors to essentially “bridge the gap” in your smile. When one or more teeth are missing, consecutively, a dental bridge can restore the look of your smile using three or more fused dental crowns.
When trying to decide if a dental bridge is the right treatment option for you, your dentist in Greybull will examine your smile. It’s important that you have strong, sturdy natural teeth existing on both sides of the gap, as these teeth will need to be able to support the dental crowns holding the bridge in place.
If Dr. Anderson discovers that you have tooth decay or gum disease, it will be imperative that you have the appropriate treatments completed prior to receiving a dental bridge. Ideally, however, a patient looking to receive this type of tooth replacement solution should not have any dental restorations.
To place a dental bridge, the process will require two visits to our office. The first visit will require Dr. Anderson to “prep” your natural teeth. This includes filing down these teeth in a way that makes it possible for the dental crowns to snugly fit over them when placed. Once the teeth are prepped, impressions of your smile will be taken so that dental lab technicians can begin to custom make your prosthetic.
Your dental bridge, when completed, will be secured into place by cementing the two crowns to your natural teeth. The artificial teeth existing in the middle will sit on top of the gum line to complete your smile. If you’re concerned that it will look different from the rest of your smile, Dr. Anderson and the lab technicians will work to ensure your bridge matches your other natural teeth in size, shape, and color.
Dental bridges have been around for a long time, and it’s no surprise considering how many people have found them to be a safe and effective way of restoring smiles. While there are other options available that offer greater stability and support (i.e. dental implants), a dental bridge is a tried and true restoration that is more affordable.
Some of the other added benefits of this type of restoration include: