SEattle Dental Bridges
Dental Bridges Seattle
Our advanced tooth replacement treatments offer you the best results when it comes to smile rehabilitation. One of those services includes customized dental bridges for replacing 1-4 missing teeth at a time.
What is a Dental Bridge?
As the name suggests, dental bridges are a type of restoration that spans from one area to the next, covering an open space left by a missing or extracted tooth. They’re supported on either end by healthy teeth or dental implants.
Bridges serve three primary purposes:
Aesthetic — Missing teeth can make you feel too embarrassed to talk or smile around other people. A custom bridge can eliminate that concern altogether by filling the open space.
Functional — Not having enough teeth to chew or bite with can lead to overuse of other teeth, eventually wearing them out or causing strain to your TMJ. A bridge is strong enough to withstand everyday function.
Orthognathic — When a tooth is missing, other teeth begin to drift towards the open space, leading to shifting and tooth movement throughout your overall smile. Even opposing teeth are affected. Bridges help preserve natural tooth spacing, eliminating orthodontic concerns.
Bridges vs. Partial Dentures
When it comes to replacing your missing teeth, our experienced dentists in Seattle want to provide you with the best options available. If you don’t qualify for a dental implant, a partial denture or bridge are usually recommended.
A partial is ideal if you don’t have healthy teeth to support a bridge. However, partials are removable and bulkier than a fixed restoration. Most people prefer a fixed bridge because of their superior design and functionality.
Implant Supported Bridges
Do you qualify for dental implants? If so, you can replace up to 3-4 teeth at a time with an implant-supported bridge. This alternative to traditional bridges allows you to restore more teeth at once, without the need of a denture.
What to Expect
Getting a traditional bridge usually requires two trips to our downtown Seattle dentist office. At the first visit, we’ll carefully numb your supporting teeth and make adjustments to their shape, so that a restoration can slip over them without altering the alignment of your bite. Next, we’ll take an impression for our lab to use during the design process. While your ceramic restoration is being handcrafted, you’ll wear a temporary crown or bridge over your prepped teeth.
About two weeks later, your permanent bridge will be ready to try in. After everything is bonded and adjusted, you’ll be on your way!
Is a Bridge Right for You?
We’re committed to providing exceptional care and results for each of our patients. Contact us today to request a bridge consultation to learn more about our Seattle tooth replacement solutions.