Dental Bridges

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At Ash & Roberts DDS in Chehalis, our dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts, specialize in offering comprehensive dental solutions, including high-quality dental bridges. Here, we strive to restore the beauty and functionality of your smile through personalized and advanced dental care.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The prosthetic is called a bridge because it literally bridges the gap where teeth are absent. Bridges are anchored on either side by the natural teeth or dental implants. They are a popular and effective solution for missing teeth because they are semi-permanent, meaning they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.

Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges

You may be a good candidate for a dental bridge if you:

  • Have one or more missing teeth
  • Have healthy teeth on either side of the missing one(s) or have implants that can support a bridge
  • Want to restore your ability to chew and speak properly
  • Seek to maintain the shape of your face
  • Desire a durable, long-term solution to tooth loss

During your consultation at Ash & Roberts DDS, one of our dentists will evaluate your oral health and discuss whether a dental bridge is the best solution for your individual needs.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are several types of dental bridges, each designed to accommodate various dental needs and preferences. The most common types include:

  1. Traditional Bridges: This is the most popular type of bridge that uses a crown for the tooth or dental implant on either side of the gap as anchors for the pontic in between.
  2. Cantilever Bridges: This type is used when there are adjacent teeth on just one side of the missing tooth/teeth. This type is less common today and not recommended for the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
  3. Maryland Bonded Bridges: This type is also known as a resin-bonded bridge, this type uses metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge that are bonded to your existing teeth.
  4. Implant-Supported Bridges: This type of bridge is used when you have more than one tooth missing. They are supported by dental implants rather than crowns or frameworks.

Each type has its advantages, and the right choice will depend on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), your oral health, and your personal preferences.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges offer numerous benefits:

  • Restored Smile: A bridge replaces missing teeth, enhancing the aesthetic appearance of your smile.
  • Improved Oral Functions: Bridges help improve chewing and speaking abilities that might have been affected by gaps.
  • Maintained Facial Shape: By preventing the remaining teeth from shifting, bridges help maintain the shape of your face.
  • Distributed Bite Forces: Replacing missing teeth helps distribute the forces in your bite more evenly.
  • Longevity and Durability: Bridges can last many years with proper maintenance.

Maintaining Your Dental Bridges

Taking care of your dental bridges is crucial for ensuring their longevity and effectiveness. Here are some tips to keep your bridges in good condition:

  • Brush Twice Daily: Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth and bridge thoroughly.
  • Floss Daily: Use floss or an interdental cleaner to remove plaque and food particles from under the bridge and between your teeth.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Visit Ash & Roberts DDS regularly. Dr. Ash or Dr. Roberts can check the condition of your bridge and perform professional cleanings.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: Hard and sticky foods can damage your bridge, so it’s best to avoid them.
  • Stop Smoking: Smoking can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, which can adversely affect your bridge.

Choose Ash & Roberts DDS for Your Dental Bridge Needs

Choosing the right dentist in Chehalis for your dental bridge can make all the difference in your treatment experience and results. At Ash & Roberts DDS, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts use the latest technology and their extensive expertise to craft dental bridges that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.

If you think a dental bridge might be a good option or if you have any questions about this service, don’t hesitate to contact us. Let us help you restore your smile and confidence with a beautifully crafted dental bridge. At Ash & Roberts DDS, your smile is our mission. Call (360) 736-8380 or email us to schedule an appointment so that we can see if a dental bridge is right for you!