Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics is your trusted source for dental bridges in Spokane Valley. Whether you’re looking to replace a missing tooth or improve your smile, we have the solutions you need.

Dental bridges are used to fix many different types of dental flaws, and they are also used frequently as accompaniments to other more involved dental procedures like dental implant placement. If you want to learn more about dental bridges in Spokane Valley or are wondering if you need one, please read further to see the variety of ways in which dental bridges correct some of the most common dental challenges.

Woman with dental bridge smiling at the lake in Spokane Valley

What is a Dental Bridge?

Simply put, a dental bridge is a replacement tooth supported by your natural teeth. Before dental implants, dental bridges were the top choice to fix/replace a missing tooth. Replacing missing teeth is crucial for maintaining oral health and preventing further complications.

Today, most dental bridges are one replacement tooth supported by two dental crowns over teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Think of a dental bridge as doing precisely what its name indicates—serving as a bridge (connector) to teeth to restore a beautiful smile and renew self-confidence.

Dental bridges are bonded to your natural teeth, which means they are not removable; they won’t slip out if you talk, laugh, or eat. Dental bridges allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods, as they don’t affect your ability to chew as dentures often do. Dental bridges are aesthetically appealing, and they are not as apparent to others as dentures often are. Since dental bridges are non-invasive tooth restorations, no surgery is required, which is excellent news for many patients who fear invasive procedures.

Even though they don’t take long to make, they last a long time; when well cared for, according to your dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics serving Spokane Valley and surrounding areas, your dental bridge can last as long as ten to fifteen years.

While dental bridges are the top choice to fix many tooth loss problems, if you want to replace more than one tooth or don’t have strong supporting teeth on both sides, you may be a better candidate for a dental implant instead of a dental bridge.

There are different types of dental bridges, such as traditional, cantilever, and Maryland bridges, each suited for specific needs.

Dental Bridges Benefits

There are numerous benefits to dental bridges, including the following:

  • They restore your smile
  • They allow for a natural shape to your face
  • You will be able to speak clearly
  • You will be able to chew your favorite foods (within reason)
  • The force of your bite will be distributed equally, which reduces stress on some teeth that are overworked
  • Bridges are more affordable than dental implants
  • Dental bridges last long
  • No surgery required
  • It helps preserve the natural shape of your face by filling gaps caused by missing teeth

Good candidates for dental bridges have strong, healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Dental bridges in Spokane Valley typically require two visits to Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics. Your dental problem will be fixed in no time, and you can start smiling again and enjoying life as you did before tooth loss.

Implant-Retained Bridges

We also offer implant-retained bridges. Implant-retained bridges are fastened to dental implants placed in your jawbone. This tooth replacement option is ideal for those who may be missing more than a few teeth in a row. Instead of using crowns to secure your bridge in place, we’ll secure your bridge to dental implants.

There are numerous benefits to implant-retained bridges, including:

  • They are securely screwed into place and are immovable.
  • They don’t put any extra pressure on the surrounding teeth like a traditional dental bridge would.
  • They’re comfortable.
  • They’re strong, which allows you to bite and chew your favorite foods
  • They are easy to care for. Just brush and floss as usual.

Learn More About Dental Bridges in Spokane Valley Today

Ready to restore your smile? Schedule an appointment with Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane Valley at (509) 927-2273 today! You may also fill out our online contact form, and one of our outstanding dental team members will reach out to schedule an appointment or answer any questions you may have.