Bridges

Restorative Dental Care in Littleton, CO

If a few of your teeth are missing, bridges are a great way to fill in the gaps with artificial structures that look just like your natural teeth. You’ll be able to smile with confidence, knowing that you once again have a full set of teeth.

A bridge is basically an artificial tooth that is attached to the natural teeth that flank the spot where one or more of your teeth are missing. Since the attachment is made with dental cement, you won’t need to worry about it falling out while you talk or eat.

Types of Bridges

Bridges come in a variety of types. Your Littleton dentist will be able to determine which one is best for each spot where you’re missing a tooth.

  • A fixed bridge is the most popular type of bridge. It is composed of a filler tooth connected to two crowns that are placed over the natural teeth neighboring the gap. The materials used in a fixed bridge are ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
  • A cantilever bridge is used when you have natural teeth on just one side of the gap. The components of a cantilever bridge are the filler tooth and two crowns that fit onto the two teeth nearest the gap.
  • A Maryland bridge is optimized for replacing teeth in the front of your mouth. Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, it is made of a filler tooth with metal bands that reach out and attach to nearby teeth. These bands are made of a composite resin that is the same color as your natural teeth.

More Than Just Cosmetic

In addition to concealing the fact that you have missing teeth, bridges are extremely important for keeping your bite in order. If you don’t fill in the gaps, your neighboring teeth will shift over and cause significant changes in your bite. It’s important to preserve the shape of your jaw by filling in those gaps with a bridge.

Contact Your Littleton Dentist

The office of Victor H. Burdick, Jr. DDS, your Littleton adult dentistry, is happy to help you restore your smile. From carefully crafted bridges to natural looking dentures, Dr. Burdick provides unsurpassed quality care to his patients. We proudly serve patients from the surrounding areas of Littleton and Highlands Ranch, CO, so give us a call today at 303-794-4424 to learn more or schedule an appointment.