Dental Bridges

graphic of how a denture worksAt our Eagan, MN practice, we offer dental bridge treatment to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges are a traditional dental prosthetic that dentists have used to successfully replace teeth for many years.

Thanks to advances in dental technology, dental bridges and other tooth replacement options are more comfortable and attractive than ever before, so there’s no need to delay treatment for missing teeth. 

Improving Your Oral Health with a Dental Bridge

You can think of dental bridges truly as a type of “bridge.” Treatment involves placing crowns on two natural teeth and using those crowns as supports to “bridge” one or more artificial teeth between them. Bridges offer a very natural-looking and reliable solution to tooth loss. Receiving tooth replacement treatment, such as a dental bridge, is crucial to maintaining your oral health. 

In addition to a less aesthetic appearance, leaving gaps in your smile after experiencing tooth loss can lead to:

  • Increased risks of periodontal disease
  • TMD or chronic migraines or jaw pain
  • Worn down enamel
  • Malocclusion (or abnormal alignment of your upper and lower jaw)

If you are interested in improving your smile through Dental Bridge, schedule a consultation at Gentle Dental Eagan or call us at (651)-452-5511.

Alternatives to Dental Bridges in Eagan

Though dental bridges are a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss, they do have a couple of drawbacks for some patients:

Bgrandfather with grandaughterridges sit above the gum line and don’t offer any structural support in the jaw. With time, the jaw bone tissues can deteriorate and change the appearance of your face and smile.

Some patients experience tooth decay in the teeth protected with the two dental crowns.

Though not all patients face these issues, some choose to forgo dental bridges in favor of dental implants. Implants are a restorative dentistry treatment that acts as an artificial tooth root. Once placed, implants become integrated with the jaw bone and prevent bone tissue loss. A permanent dental crown is securely placed on the implant to provide a natural tooth appearance. As a free-standing restorative treatment, no neighboring dental crowns are required.

When you visit Gentle Dental Eagan, Dr. Michael will thoroughly evaluate your dental situation before recommending the best tooth replacement solution for you. Each patient has his or her unique dental and lifestyle needs, and we are aware of that. Therefore, Dr. Michael always works with you to customize your treatment plan in our Eagan dental office.

If you have any questions about the reasons for our recommendations during a dental exam, don’t hesitate to ask. Dr. Michael is dedicated to providing patient-centered care, and we’re here to help you maintain and improve your oral health in any way we can.

A Fuller, Natural-Looking Smile is Possible

Your Eagan dentist, Dr. Michael, can fill in the gaps of your smile with a dental bridge treatment or another tooth replacement option. No matter which tooth replacement you choose, you should have an easier time with everyday tasks, like chewing your food, and you should enjoy better overall oral health. 

If you’re interested in having a dental bridge placed or want to learn more about your tooth replacement choices, contact our office to set up an appointment to learn more! Call us at 651-452-5511.