Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges are used to fill in any gaps you may have in your smile. By placing crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap (these teeth are called abutment teeth) and then anchoring a prosthetic onto these crowns, a dental bridge can literally “bridge the gap”. Once the crowns are placed onto the abutment teeth, an artificial tooth is then placed onto the anchors, and your smile is once again complete.

Reasons You May Need A Fixed Dental Bridge:

  • Restoration of your smile
  • Fill the space caused by a missing tooth
  • Maintaining your natural facial shape
  • Stop your natural teeth from shifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and talking abilities

What To Expect During The Procedure

A dental bridge happens in two stages – During your first visit, your abutment teeth will be fitted for crowns in the normal way. Dr. Renee Shepherd will take impressions of the teeth, which will serve as a model for the prosthetic tooth, the bridge, and the crowns to be prepared. At the end of your first appointment, a temporary bridge will be put on the teeth in order to protect them until their permanent one is ready.

During the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent dental bridge will be placed. Once it’s in your mouth, Dr. Shepherd will make sure it fits correctly and will make any necessary adjustments. Once it’s perfect, it will be cemented into place.

If you have a gap in your teeth and would like to talk to Dr. Shepherd about a dental bridge, please contact Longmont Dental & Orthodontics, located in beautiful Longmont, Colorado!