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Using fixed and removable dental bridges to restore the smile after tooth loss

Dental bridges are generally used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Sarah Keen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a general dentist who is pleased to offer these and many other dental restorations to help patients restore their smiles. Fixed and removable dental bridges are a great way to repair the function, health, and beauty of the smile in an affordable manner.

How are dental bridges made?

Fixed dental bridges are fabricated by taking an impression of the adjacent teeth, which will serve as abutments, and creating a pontic in between. The pontic can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is attached to the dental abutments with special cement.

Fixed bridges are cemented into place and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges (also called partial dentures) have clasps that attach to the adjacent teeth and can be taken out for cleaning.

What are dental bridges made from?

Most typical dental bridges are made from porcelain fused to metal (PFM), all porcelain or all ceramic. Here is a little more about each to help you make the right choice:

  • PFM bridges. Porcelain fused to metal bridges is the most popular type of bridge and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. The metal under the porcelain is usually hidden at the gum line. PFM bridges can last 10 to 15 years with proper care.
  • Porcelain or ceramic only bridges. All porcelain bridges are entirely made of porcelain and are popular because they look very natural. They can last ten years or longer with proper care.

How do I find out if dental bridges are suitable for me?

Whether you are looking for either fixed or removable dental bridges, these dental restorations are an effective way to restore your smile and maintain the function of your teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to Dr. Sarah Keen of The Dental Loft to learn more about whether a dental bridge is right for you. Call (719) 749-7997 to speak to our front office team at 3582 Blue Horizon View, Suite #164, to request an appointment time in Colorado Springs, CO.