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Dental Bridges – Leawood, KS

An Answer for Incomplete Smiles

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At some point in your life, you may end up with a missing tooth. Leaving the gap empty is less than ideal for several reasons, so it’s highly recommended that you ask Dr. Ayer for a replacement as soon as you can. In cases where you have only lost one tooth or multiple consecutive teeth, our team is likely to recommend getting a reliable dental bridge. Reach out to us today to learn more about dental bridges and why they can be an excellent solution for the empty space in your grin.

Why Choose Dr. Dennis Ayer for Dental Bridges?

What is a Dental Bridge?

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A denture is a type of prosthesis that has two main components: pontics and crowns. Pontics are artificial teeth and are what will ultimately be used to fill in the gaps in your smile. Meanwhile, the crowns at either end of the bridge are meant to hold the prosthesis in place. When we give you your bridge, the crowns will be anchored to the natural teeth that are right next to the empty space being filled.  

Types of Dental Bridges 

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It’s worth keeping in mind that there is more than one kind of dental bridge that you can get. Some patients get traditional bridges, but others may find that implant bridges better suit their needs. To figure out which kind of dental bridge you should get, we will take a close look at your mouth and evaluate your oral health. We’ll then give you our recommendation and explain why we believe the suggested type of bridge is the best choice for your smile.

Traditional Dental Bridge

You can get a traditional bridge if you have lost one or more teeth. The prosthesis will be fixed to two of your remaining natural teeth. Note that the process of placing a traditional bridge involves removing a small amount of enamel from the teeth in question.

Implant Bridge

Implant bridges may be used if you have lost at least three teeth that were all in a row. A pair of implant posts will be inserted into your jaw. Then the bridge will be anchored to the implants. It can take several months for the implant posts to fuse with your jawbone, but it’s worth keeping in mind that we won’t have to make any changes to your remaining teeth.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge

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Dental bridges have several advantages that can make them a great option for re-completing your smile: