Bridges

Dental Bridges from Your Ankeny Dentist

bridgesWhy Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

Whether you lost your tooth to gum disease or knocked it out playing basketball, you should replace it as soon as possible. Gaps in the dental arch encourage your remaining teeth to drift toward the empty space. Drifting teeth can cause misalignment, bite problems, decreased chewing ability, and an increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. In addition, missing teeth diminish the vibrancy of your smile, making you look older and in poor health. Dental bridges offer a conservative treatment for restoring the look, function, and health of your smile.

What is the Bridge Placement Procedure?

First, Dr. Erika Peddicord will prepare the abutment teeth, those teeth on either side of the gap. She will take detailed impressions and place a temporary bridge. After receiving your bridgework back from the lab, we will check it for fit and make any adjustments necessary. Once we are assured of a perfect fit, Dr. Peddicord will bond the bridge into place.

Are Bridges a Better Choice Than Dental Implants?

Dental implants offer several advantages over bridges. Proper care and regular dental checkups can help implants can last well over twenty years. Bridges have a lifetime of only 10-15 years. Dental implants help maintain bone density because they replace tooth roots and exert force within the jaw. Bridges do not help maintain bone density. Alternately, bridges offer a more conservative treatment for missing teeth and can be placed in as few as two visits to Peddicord Family Dental. Finally, bridges provide a better option for people who do not make good candidates for implant placement.

Find Out if a Bridge is Right for You

Recover from tooth loss with a custom-made dental bridge. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Erika Peddicord by calling our dental office today at (515) 963-3339. Located in Ankeny, IA, we also serve patients who live in Bondurant, Polk City, Elkhart, Alleman, Cambridge, and all surrounding communities.