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Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can affect your appearance and make it difficult to chew and speak comfortably.

Dental bridges are custom restorations that fill in the gaps and spaces that result from tooth loss.

Dr. Andy Maples places traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO.

Learn more about the types of bridges offered at our dentistry practice...

How Does a Traditional Dental Bridge Work?

A traditional dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth using the two teeth on either side of the gap as abutments. The crowns on either side of the restoration are bonded in place to restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile; it will also prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of place.

Dental Bridge Treatment Timeline

Dr. Maples has extensive training in the field, and he is committed to completing many hours of continuing education each year. His experience and skill make him a top choice for dental bridges among patients. In most cases, he can place a traditional bridge over the course of two visits to our Loveland dentistry practice.

Initial Consultation

Anesthesia

First, Dr. Maples administers local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Oral conscious sedation is also available upon request to help patients relax during treatment.

Tooth Preparation

Next, your dentist will prepare each abutment tooth. This involves the removal of small amounts of enamel to accommodate the restoration.

Impressions

Once the teeth are prepped, impressions are taken. At our office, we use digital impressions, which are much more comfortable than traditional impressions.

Temporary Restoration

In many cases, we can create a bridge during the same appointment. However, if your prosthetic is fabricated by a dental lab, we will place a temporary restoration in the meantime.

Fabrication

If you are eligible for a same-day restoration, it will be created with our in-office milling machine. In some cases, a lab technician will handcraft your dental bridge.

Placement

Once your dental bridge is complete, Dr. Maples will assess the look, color, and fit. Finally, it will be permanently bonded into place using high-quality dental cement.

Dental Implant-Supported Bridges

Patients who opt for an implant-supported bridge will have a longer treatment timeline. First, the implants must be surgically placed into the jaw. Following this surgical procedure, three to six months of healing are required before the restoration can be placed. This gives the dental implants time to integrate with the surrounding bone tissue. Implants can also be used to secure dentures in place. This treatment option offers many benefits, including improved stability and oral function.

An implant-supported bridge

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Maintaining Your Dental Bridge

It is important that you maintain good oral hygiene habits after you receive your dental bridge. Fortunately, maintaining good oral hygiene isn't much different than caring for your natural teeth. Here are some recommendations from our Loveland, CO, dentist:

Brush Twice a Day

Brush twice a day for two minutes. Choose a non-abrasive, fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep the underlying tooth structure strong.

Floss Daily

Since you are not able to floss the teeth attached to the bridge, using a water flosser or floss threader will help keep the anchor teeth clean and healthy.

Visit Your Dentist

Routine dental visits are essential for oral health. During these appointments, your dentist can assess your bridge and ensure it isn't damaged or worn.

Dr. Andy Maples of West Lake Dental

West Lake Dental

At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Andy Maples, DDS, and his team provide excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Whether your dental needs are routine or advanced, we can serve you at our comfortable, inviting office. Dr. Maples is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The International Congress of Oral Implantology
  • The Misch International Implant Institute

We invite you to schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling (970) 669-1444.

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