Dental bridges offer the chance to correct gaps in your smile without oral surgery. They are one of many treatment options available from cosmetic and family dentistry specialist W. Paul Burns, DDS, serving the community of El Dorado, Arkansas, through his self-named practice. Book a visit today using the online scheduling page, or call the office to check appointment availability.
A dental bridge is a fixed dental device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges, also known as bridgework, are secured to the adjacent natural teeth using dental crowns.
Once in place, dental bridges are durable and very natural looking. They not only help you feel better about the appearance of your smile but can also correct issues with your speech.
Many people with missing teeth find it difficult to eat certain foods. Bridges restore your ability to bite and chew normally, allowing you to embrace a healthy and varied diet.
One of the biggest advantages of bridges is affordability. Bridgework is less expensive than dental implants. However, it’s important to keep in mind that even a well crafted bridge eventually needs replacing, so be sure to consider that expense when weighing your options.
Bridges are a great choice for people who are not good candidates for oral surgery, which is a necessary part of getting dental implants. Many people have serious chronic health conditions that make surgery a poor fit. Others don’t have enough healthy bone tissue to anchor dental implants.
During your initial visit, your dentist uses an intraoral scanner to chart the specific shape, size, and positioning of your teeth. That information guides the dental lab as they craft your custom bridge.
A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, sometimes secured in place using a hidden wire. The device is held in place by a dental crown on either side. Having your crown placed requires removing a portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown.
Same day crown technology means you can have your crowns secured without having to wait for the dental lab to complete the fabrication process. Once your crowns are cemented into position, your bridge is complete.
Learn more during a personalized visit with cosmetic and family dentistry specialist W. Paul Burns, DDS. You can book an appointment online or call today to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.