Most adults start out with 32 “permanent” teeth. However, teeth are not truly permanent. They can be lost to trauma, infection, gum disease, or extraction. For hundreds of years, dentistry has been solving this problem with dental bridges. Today, Dr. Justin Cress create customized bridges made of high-quality materials, to restore smiles in Hailey, Kimberly, Jerome, Buhl, and Twin Falls.
Outside the mouth, a tooth bridge looks like span of three or more teeth. At least one, in the center of the unit, is an artificial tooth. At each end is a crown that fits over existing teeth (or dental implants) on either side of a gap in your smile. It is referred to as a permanent or fixed bridge because the prosthetic is cemented in place for chewing stability. It can only be removed by a dentist.
The bridge may be made of metal and porcelain, or all ceramic with tooth and gum structures color-matched to your own dentition.
It is always a good idea to have a lost tooth replaced. A gap resulting from even one missing tooth can:
A dental bridge can replace a single missing tooth or several in a row. It restores the appearance of your smile, as well as functionality of the mouth. Dental bridges are an option for patients who are not good candidates for or simply do not want dental implants.
With good oral hygiene and regular checkups at Cress Dental, a dental bridge can last many years. However, potential dental bridge problems include breaking a ceramic unit by biting into