What are dental bridges, and how can they restore the smile?

Dental bridges are one of several ways in which patients at Cambridge Family Dental of Cambridge, Wisconsin, can restore their smiles after tooth loss and extraction. In fact, it is a popular choice for many, especially those missing several teeth in a row. Let’s see what makes dental bridges stand out as a reliable, affordable, and effective restoration treatment for our patients.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a type of dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are anchored in place using the remaining teeth on either side of the gap and can be made from various materials such as porcelain, gold, or alloy. However, patients seeking a restorative solution that is also aesthetic will often choose porcelain, which essentially mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel for seamless integration.

What are the benefits of utilizing dental bridges to restore the smile?

Quality porcelain dental bridges serve both functional and cosmetic purposes. They help improve chewing ability and maintain proper bite alignment while filling in gaps caused by missing teeth. This can prevent surrounding teeth from shifting and causing further oral health issues. In addition, dental bridges can significantly improve the appearance of a smile, boosting confidence and self-esteem in patients who may feel self-conscious about their missing teeth.

What is the process for getting a dental bridge?

Our team believes in providing patients with information about the process from start to finish so there are no surprises during their appointments. First, thoroughly examining the teeth and gums will determine if patients are ideal candidates for a dental bridge. Then, preparations are made to the adjacent teeth before taking molds of the teeth for the dental laboratory. A temporary bridge may be bonded in place until the final restoration comes into the office, during which patients will return to have their new restoration put into place.

How long will my dental bridge last?

When patients take good care of their dental bridge, it can last five to 10 years or more. This includes proper oral hygiene practices and regular visits to Cambridge Family Dental for check-ups and cleanings. However, with advancements in materials and technology, dental bridges are becoming more durable and long-lasting than ever before.

Find out how a fixed dental bridge can help you replace missing teeth!

If you are interested in the types of dental bridges or are considering other restorative dentistry options for your smile, call our team today at (608) 423-6784.

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams EAT Bio

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams

Dr. Angela Bauer Williams received her bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, and her Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Constantly pursuing clinical excellence, Dr. Bauer is committed to continuing education and has studied with top clinicians in the country. She is an active member of the Dane County Dental Society, Wisconsin Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry (holds Fellowship too), American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Seattle Study Club.

Being a dentist gives her the opportunity to combine her medical and science knowledge with her artistic skills. She loves building trust with her patients and making a difference in their smiles and lives.