Mark McClure, DDS
South County Dentist

We offer high-quality dental care to create and maintain lifetimes of healthy and beautiful smiles.

Cosmetic Dental Bridges

Missing teeth are often troubling. However, while most patients are most concerned about the aesthetic aspect of missing teeth, missing teeth also pose a significant problem from a dental health standpoint. Missing teeth may cause the rest of your teeth to shift slightly, which can create gaps or crookedness. Also, because your teeth have to compensate for the ones that are missing, you may experience additional wear-and-tear, which can lead to erosion or fractures. Depending on the location and number of the missing teeth, you may find that you have difficulty eating the fresh, healthy foods you enjoy, and the sound of your speech can even change.

Dental bridges help to fill in the gaps that are left by missing teeth to give you back a healthy, complete smile and prevent these additional problems. A bridge is composed of one or more artificial teeth to replace the ones that are missing and is held in place with either crowns on the teeth that are adjacent to the gap or dental implants.

Modern Cosmetic Bridges

If you know someone with an older dental bridge, you may have noticed that the person has a dark discoloration in the teeth and along the gum line. Fortunately, dental technology has evolved to the point that modern bridges are practically indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. Dr. McClure is skilled in the art of placing cosmetic bridges in such a way that nobody will ever know that you have had dental restoration work done.

Today’s state-of-the-art dental bridges use tooth-colored materials such as porcelain and resin that will blend perfectly with your own natural teeth. We can customize the shade of the bridge for a flawless finish. Our use of CEREC technology helps us create and place your bridge much faster than the typical time for bridge construction and placement.

Caring for Your Bridge

One of the top advantages of dental bridges (and the reason why many people prefer them over dentures) is that once the bridge is placed, it becomes a part of your mouth. You care for your bridge in the same way that you care for your own natural teeth – with the brushing and flossing care routine that we recommend for all our patients to keep your teeth healthy and prevent periodontal disease. Continue to visit us for twice yearly checkups and professional cleanings so that we can check your bridge and make sure that the fit and appearance is still good.

When you have a dental bridge, it’s very important to practice good brushing and flossing habits. If particles of food get caught under the bridge, you could experience gum irritation and develop periodontal disease. Luckily, good oral hygiene is typically enough to avoid this problem.

If you have any questions or concerns about the appearance or fit of your cosmetic dental bridge, you are always welcome to call our office. Your happiness and the health of your smile are both very important to us.

For more information about cosmetic dental bridges, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment!