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Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns in Denver

Are you looking for a long-lasting, quality solution to missing teeth? Mile High Denture and Implant Centers in Denver offers dental bridges, which can provide a permanent option to fill gaps in your smile without damaging adjacent healthy tooth structure. Once you have your dental bridge, a crown can help with maintaining the tooth’s structure. Our experienced team will work with you to determine the best treatment plan while providing comfort and care that are second to none.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth or dental implant, known to help strengthen and protect a tooth’s structure. Crowns are most commonly used to protect damaged or decayed teeth. Dental crowns look and function just like real teeth. At Mile High in Denver Colorado, we have different types of crown materials, ranging from porcelain to metal. Our dentist will be sure to recommend the best option for you.

When Do You Need a Crown?

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What Is A Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges aid in replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge treatment is a series of dental crowns fused together to bridge the gap between a missing tooth or a few missing teeth. Like a conventional auto or pedestrian bridge, there must be connecting teeth on each side of the missing tooth or gap. This allows the dental bridge(s) to be cemented or permanently placed in the mouth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridge

The traditional bridge is the most popular bridge used by dentists. Traditional bridges involve attaching an artificial tooth to an abutment on either side of the gap in your smile, which is held in place by dental crowns. This type of bridge is best if you’re missing one or two teeth. 

Implant- Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges involve placing one or more dental implants into your jawbone to act as an anchor for the artificial tooth, offering a more secure solution. This type of bridge is best for patients missing multiple teeth in a row.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge works best when the patient doesn’t have two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The bridge is connected to just one other tooth that has been turned into a crown and the fake tooth is attached to the end of it.

Maryland Bridge

With the Maryland Bridge, the fake tooth is connected to metal wings that then cemented to the two teeth next to the missing tooth.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The dental bridge procedure typically takes two trips to the dentist. During the first appointment, your dentist will take impressions for a custom designed bridge and may prepare the teeth for the new restoration. You also may be given a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being created.

At your second visit, we’ll begin by prepping the abutment teeth and placing the bridge into place. We’ll then use a special bonding material to secure the bridge. Your bridge will be fitted and adjusted for a comfortable fit and natural appearance. Your doctor may also make small alterations such as trimming or polishing to ensure that it looks great.

Depending on the condition of your mouth, other procedures such as root canals or gum grafting may need to be performed before you receive your bridge in order to provide optimal support and stability.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges offer a wide range of benefits, from restoring your ability to chew and speak properly to enhancing the appearance of your smile. Some of the advantages of dental bridges include:

Alternatives to Dental Bridges

Instead of a dental bridge, you can also have one or more teeth repaired with a dental implant or multiple dental implants. Traditional fixed dental bridges require the infected tooth or teeth to be removed. Once this is completed the teeth on either side of the dental extraction areas are ground down. Once this is completed a bridge of teeth are fused together. This puts stress on the dental bridge abutment teeth. This adds one and a half to two times the stress of chewing and biting on these teeth.

That is why the average life span of a traditional dental bridge last 8 to 10 years. Once the dental bridge fails, a single tooth replacement turns into replacing two or more teeth. Having a single dental implant or multiple dental implants allows us to replace missing or failing teeth one time and provide a longer lasting solution those dental bridges.

How to Care for Dental Bridges

Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is essential in order to keep your dental bridge clean and healthy. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and rinse using an antiseptic mouthwash. Be sure to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings. Dental bridges can last 8 to 10 years, so by caring for them properly they can last for years to come.

At Mile High Denture and Implant Centers, we understand that the thought of having a dental bridge or getting a dental crown can be intimidating. That’s why our friendly team is dedicated to providing you with personalized care and attention every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our crowns and dental bridges in Denver, and how they can restore your smile!

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