Bridge the gap
Bridges are one of modern society’s greatest achievements, in mobility and dentistry alike. Just like bridges that connect land masses and allow new possibilities of exploration, dental bridges close the gap in your smile, and allow you to regain your freedom with a beautiful, complete smile.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are tooth replacement solutions that can restore your smile if you’re missing a single tooth, or multiple teeth. A fabricated tooth (or teeth) is created with the utmost precision and accuracy to perfectly match your natural teeth – no one will be able to tell the difference, except maybe Dr. RJ Ochsner, but he won’t tell if you won’t.
Your dental bridge will be anchored to the surrounding teeth on either side of the gap with dental crowns to ensure congruence and stability. For an added boost of confidence that your restoration will stay securely where it’s supposed to, talk to your Onalaska dentist, Dr. Ochsner, about securing your dental bridge with dental implants. Visit our dental implants page for more information.
If you are considering replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge from Neighborhood Smiles, we want you to know that there are options. Just as in civil engineering, each is designed strategically to fit the needs of the unique environment in which it will be placed, with functionality, stability, and aesthetics in mind.
There are three main types: conventional or traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded or Maryland bridges. They can be made out of several different material options, the most popular of which is porcelain that seamlessly matches the look and feel of natural teeth. Bridges can also be made from porcelain-over-metal, metal alloys, or gold.
Why replace missing teeth?
Unless you’re a baby, a toothless smile isn’t really a good look. While the aesthetic benefit of replacing missing teeth should be fairly obvious, many patients don’t realize the impact that a toothless smile could be making on their lives. Restoring your smile with a dental bridge can drastically increase your attractiveness, your confidence, and your ability to make the first impression you want to be making.
Aesthetics aside, there are also functional and health reasons to replace missing teeth with a dental bridge. They are durable and long-lasting, and allow you to regain the ability to speak normally, and enjoy your favorite foods again.
Missing teeth & oral health
What many patients suffering from missing teeth don’t realize is the health risk. Even if you’re not one for keeping up appearances, the benefits of replacing teeth go far beyond cosmetics. Missing teeth can be detrimental to your oral health in many ways:
- Exposed gums are difficult to keep clean
- Teeth on either side of the gap can shift or rotate
- Bite is compromised
- Jawbone deteriorates without supporting tooth root
- Sunken face appearance
If you have any questions about dental bridges, or would like to schedule an appointment with your Onalaska dentist, Dr. Ochsner at Neighborhood Smiles, please contact our office today at (608) 783-6384. We would love to help you restore your smile to its complete brilliance.