Dental Bridges Complete Your Smile and Restore Dental Function
If you are missing one or a few teeth in a row, a dental bridge can be your best restorative option. Drs. John and Joshua Lee design and place dental bridges at our Irving, TX, dental practice to restore the form and function of your smile and bite. The structure of a bridge consists of one or more prosthetic teeth suspended between two crowns. The crowns become anchors of support once they are cemented onto prepared teeth on either side of the gap.
Alternatively, a bridge can be attached to dental implants instead of dental crowns. An implant-supported bridge offers additional advantages, because implants act like tooth roots and prevent bone loss in the jaw. Both traditional and implant-supported bridges will restore balance to your bite, improve chewing ability, and enhance the appearance of your smile.
Both traditional and implant-supported bridges will restore balance to your bite, improve chewing ability, and enhance the appearance of your smile.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
One or multiple missing teeth can negatively affect your appearance as well as your dental health and function. Missing teeth make chewing difficult and can lead to speech problems. Over time, the remaining teeth will also shift, which can lead to misalignment and destabilization that can contribute to additional tooth loss.
Having a gap in your smile can also be detrimental to your self-confidence. Often, patients with missing teeth hide their smiles and may avoid social situations because of problems with speaking or eating. A dental bridge is a straightforward solution that can overcome these problems relatively easily.
How Are Dental Bridges Constructed?
Kids & Grownups Dental offers different options for dental bridges that fit your lifestyle. Replacement teeth in bridges can be made of ceramic, zirconia, or porcelain fused to metal; all options are long-lasting and durable. With the proper care and good oral health maintenance, a dental bridge can last many years. We prefer the following bridges for our patients:
- E-Max bridges are all ceramic, made from a single block of lithium disilicate ceramic, which is a top-grade material preferred for its toughness, durability, and natural color.
- Zirconia bridges are a white material that is visually appealing, biocompatible, and resilient.
Your dentist will help you select the best bridge material depending on the location of your missing teeth, aesthetic desires, and any budgetary concerns.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Dental bridges keep the remaining natural teeth from shifting and can help prevent malocclusion, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and tooth damage
- Implant-supported bridges halt bone loss in the jaw to promote oral health
- Both traditional and implant-supported bridges can enhance your overall facial appearance by bridging the gap in your smile
Contact Our Office
Any missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible with a dental bridge or alternative prosthetic option. Drs. Joshua Lee and John Lee have years of experience designing lasting smiles for our patients. You don’t have to live with missing teeth, when a strong, reliable smile is well within your reach. Contact Kids & Grownups Dental today to schedule an appointment.
"Everyone here is wonderful and friendly. They all do whatever it takes to make it a relaxed, pain-free experience. I highly recommend Dr. Lee and his staff. They are amazing!"- Theresa B.