There are many forces that influence the teeth of your smile each day. Your tongue, cheeks, and other parts of the mouth all affect the position of a tooth, which means that all of these forces change when a tooth goes missing. Most commonly, the adjacent teeth shift into the gap and any weak teeth may sustain additional damage under the new forces. In order to prevent any harm from happening, Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will use a bridge to replace one or more teeth in your smile. Our dentist will use different bonding techniques to affix a prosthetic tooth in place so that all the forces stay balanced and no harm will be done.
At Durango Dentistry, we can provide many different types of bridges. When a tooth is missing from the front of the mouth, Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will use a cantilever bridge, which uses only one adjacent tooth to anchor the prosthetic tooth. A bonded bridge (also called a Maryland bridge) can also be used near the front of the mouth. Because this style of bridge uses bonds on the backside of teeth or even veneers, this procedure requires little to no removal of the adjacent teeth. A third style of dental bridge uses dental implants as an anchor for the bridgework. Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens will work with you so you can decide on the best option for your dental bridge in Durango, Colorado. Even though the replacement tooth is a prosthetic, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent any further decay, damage, or gum disease.
If you think that a bridge will help your smile, call our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Mann and Dr. Ross Owens and our caring team.