Dental bridges replace a tooth or several teeth and are another restorative option beside a dental implant. Dr. Lipe works with expert labs to provide the more natural fitting and realistic looking dental bridges in the Denver, Colorado area.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is made of one or more artificial teeth used to fill a space in your smile line. Many different materials can be used, including gold, porcelain, and porcelain over metal alloys.
Once an impression of your mouth is taken, a lab will create a dental bridge that matches your specific bite and shape of your teeth. The artificial tooth, or pontic, replaces a missing tooth or teeth, while the abutments are crowns placed over the teeth on either side.
Who benefits from a bridge?
Someone who has one or more missing teeth and is not a good candidate for implant dentistry can benefit from bridgework.
Missing teeth can exacerbate bone loss and cause shifting of other teeth, which can lead to a sunken, or collapsed, bite. Over time, your face may take on a more aged appearance and can lead to jaw pain, headaches and difficulty chewing and maintaining your smile.
A consultation with Dr. Lipe can guide you to the best treatment and whether a bridge is the best restorative choice for you. After over 25 years of fitting patients in Denver and the surrounding communities with dental bridges, you can be confident that Dr. Lipe will work hard to deliver the best solution possible.
Caring for your bridgework
Dental bridges require special care to maintain their appearance and longevity.
Routine professional checkups allow a member of our expert dental team to evaluate the bridge for any chips, cracks, or other comprises to the dental work’s integrity.
To preserve the dental work between office visits, we recommend using dental products approved by the American Dental Association. They have been tested and approved for use with dental work and have been evaluated for safety.
Avoid overly sticky foods, which can dislodge a bridge, and do not chew hard foods, such as ice. Maintaining a healthy diet can also help prevent certain conditions and diseases that can contribute to dental decay.
Dr. Lipe and his staff are available for consultations if you think your smile could benefit from dental bridgework. Call today (303) 744-0600.
In need of immediate care?
Dr. Lipe provides emergency phone consultation services after working hours and on weekends. Call (303) 744-0600