Bothell, WA Dental Bridges

Affordable Family Dentistry Dental Bridges

Bothell BridgesWhen most people hear the word “bridge” they instantly think of a silver structure that takes you over a body of water such as a river or lake. It connects one area of land to another. However, when it comes to dentistry, a bridge still connects one thing to another, but there is no water involved. A dental bridge goes over a dental area that is vacant because a tooth is missing. It helps to secure the teeth that are on each side of the open space.

A bridge has many different purposes:

  • It restores your ability to chew or talk
  • It helps make your smile look complete and healthy again
  • It stops a dental gap from getting any larger
  • It decreases the risk of your teeth becoming infected or decay

A bridge has two dental caps that are put on the each side of a dental gap. However, a lot of false teeth must fill the dental gap. These false teeth are known as pontics.

There are three types of Dental Bridges in Bothell, WA

Bothell BridgesMaryland bonded bridges are made with resin or plastic. A metal framework supports them, and this framework is attached to your gums. Metal flanges are on each end and are attached to your other abutment teeth. Abutment teeth are the teeth that are on each side of the dental gap.

Cantilever bridges are utilized when there is only one abutment tooth for the bridge to attach to.

Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. They have two abutment teeth and at least one pontic tooth. They are made with both metal and porcelain so that they are very strong. This mixture also makes your teeth look more natural.

Getting a bridge is not a difficult or inconvenient dental procedure to perform. It only takes the dentists in our Bothell office two visits to do this for you. During the first visit, they will prepare the abutment teeth and make impression molds. During the second visit, the bridge is analyzed and then put in. Some patients may require more than two visits if the bridge requires additional maintenance.

The materials that make up your bridges are based upon different things. For instance, where will your bridge be installed? What is your dental condition? How much money are you willing pay for a new bridge? Keep in mind that bridges are made with materials such as zirconia, steel, alumina, porcelain or even gold.

Think that a dental bridge is right for you? Contact Affordable Family Dentistry today!