Bridges in Lafayette, IN
Are you missing a tooth or several teeth and looking for a solution to complete your smile? Dental bridges are still one of the most common dental procedures used for tooth replacement. At Challgren Dentistry, we custom create your dental bridge to match your bite and your smile so that you can have the confidence to eat, laugh, and speak each day.
We know that missing teeth can be an inconvenience and embarrassing. Did you know that leaving a gap in your smile can affect your other teeth? When you lose a tooth and do not replace it, your adjacent teeth naturally begin to drift toward that gap. A dental bridge can keep your other teeth from moving and act as a space holder.
The most common type of bridge is the traditional bridge. Traditional bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile by suspending an artificial tooth between two adjacent teeth using specialized crowns. The advantage of traditional bridges is that they are stable, look natural, and can last a very long time with the proper preventative care.
Traditional bridges require preparation of two healthy teeth for dental crowns. That means we remove some of the tooth structure and fit the bridge permanently over your natural teeth. Bridges work well for many missing tooth scenarios.
Implant Supported Bridges
If you are missing more than one tooth, an implant-supported bridge may make sense so that you can have increased stability and help to prevent bone loss. When you lose teeth, your bone begins to recede because your tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate growth. A dental implant stimulates bone retention just like your natural tooth and allows us to replace more teeth with a greater level of stability.
Implant supported bridges, combined with single-unit implants can be a great alternative to partial dentures for those patients wishing for a more natural, permanent, and attractive solution.
Caring for Your Bridge
Properly caring for all of your dentistry is important to its longevity, but caring for dental bridges may be even more important because if your tooth becomes infected, broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged, you may lose the entire bridge unit.
Brushing and flossing normally is important, but also using special floss and techniques to keep food from collecting under and around your bridge is essential. Gum disease and decay are the destroyers of dentistry. When you have your bridge placed in our Lafayette dental office, we will share specific techniques to help you keep your dentistry healthy.
Regular professional cleaning appointments allow us to remove plaque and bacteria from hard-to-reach areas and to monitor your health.
Call Us to Schedule an Evaluation
If you have a missing tooth, call our office to set up an appointment, we will give you all of the treatment options that will work for you and help you decide which will best support your health.