Dental Bridges

Bridging the Empty Space in Your Smile

Losing a tooth could be embarrassing, but the more worrisome thing about it isn’t your smile’s appearance. It’s the effects that the empty space can have on your bite’s function and your long-term oral health. Every time a tooth is lost, your remaining teeth respond by shifting towards the empty space, which can lead to a host of increasingly worse dental health concerns. Fortunately, you can avoid those concerns by replacing your lost tooth with a custom-designed, highly lifelike dental bridge, which is often made from realistic dental porcelain or zirconia.

The Benefits of a Custom Bridge

The biggest benefit to receiving a custom dental bridge is the restoration of your whole, healthy smile. Replacing your lost tooth stops your other teeth from shifting, as well as restoring the youthful and confident appearance of your smile. It also reestablishes your bite’s function so you can once again bite and chew your favorite foods comfortably. To do this, your crown will fill the space with a replacement tooth, or pontic, that mimics the size, shape, and appearance of your lost tooth. In some cases, Dr. Foust may suggest supporting your dental bridge on one or more dental implants, which are prosthetic posts made to be inserted into your jawbone to replace your lost teeth roots.

Is a Partial Denture Necessary

If you’ve lost more than one tooth and they aren’t adjacent to each other, then we may recommend a removable partial denture rather than a dental bridge. Unlike a bridge, which closes a single gap in your smile, a partial denture contains highly lifelike replacement teeth at every point in your smile where a tooth is missing. The partial is supported by a comfortable base that is made to fit along your dental ridge, and in some cases, may also consist of small, comfortably hidden clasps that ensure the partial denture’s stability as you bite and chew. However, you may be able to support your prosthesis on a series of dental implant posts instead of relying on hidden clasps.

Smile Confidently Again with a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss is permanent, but with a personalized dental bridge, you don’t have to suffer it for life. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Dental Impressions in Ankeny, IA today at (515) 965-0230. We also welcome patients who live in Alleman, Elkhart, Bondurant, and all surrounding communities.