Dental Bridges – Westport, CT
Restoring Function for Better Oral Health
An incomplete smile often leads to more than a decline in self-esteem. It also takes a toll on your ability to eat certain foods, speak coherently, and enjoy being around others. This is why our team at Dental Center of Westport is here to provide natural-looking dental bridges in Westport . As custom-made prosthetics that fill in the gaps left behind by missing teeth, it is a tried-and-true solution that is proven safe and effective. If you are curious about receiving a dental bridge, call our office to schedule an appointment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Just as the Saugatuck River Bridge spans the river in Westport, so does a bridge in your mouth span the gap in your smile. A bridge is comprised of one or more false teeth that are bonded to the crowns Dr. Kogan or Dr. Romano attach to the abutment teeth on either side of your missing teeth. The crowns and bridge arrive from our dental lab in one piece. Once cemented into place, this prosthetic is not removable. You will care for your crown and bridge just as you do your other teeth—with daily brushing and flossing.
Types of Dental Bridges
When meeting with your dentist to discuss your options for tooth replacement, you will discover there are two options when it comes to dental bridges – a traditional fixed bridge or an implant bridge.
Traditional Dental Bridge
Should you choose a traditional dental bridge, you will find that it requires the altering of natural, healthy abutment teeth on either side of the gap. This is necessary to ensure that the bridge is secured in place. Using two dental crowns that are connected by a row of free-standing artificial teeth, the crowns fit over the healthy teeth so that the prosthetic is properly anchored.
While a traditional fixed bridge is less invasive, one that is secured using dental implants is likely to last longer. With an implant bridge, you can leave your healthy teeth alone because the implants fit into the jawbone. Placed within the exterior sockets, the middle portion of the bridge rests on top of your gums to complete your fully restored and longer-lasting smile.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges make it possible for patients like yourself to:
- Eat a larger variety of foods, many of which are more nutritionally beneficial to your overall health
- Avoid the potential for dental drift, which often requires orthodontic treatment to fix a misaligned bite in the future
- Enjoy greater confidence and a more youthful appearance
- Enjoy a longer-lasting set of teeth (up to 30+ years with an implant bridge)
- Embrace better oral health