Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are just one of several different restorative dental procedures. Dental bridges have been around a long time, and can be a good alternative to implants in some situations to replace missing teeth.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is just that, a bridge between two or more teeth. The bridge is designed to span the gap where there is a missing or damaged tooth, so that an artificial tooth or teeth can be anchored in place of it. Bridges draw their strength from the surrounding teeth and their roots, so it is important that the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are healthy. At Blackhurst Dental in Midvale, Utah Dr. Blackhurst uses the most advanced and up to date materials making sure that your bridge is of the highest quality.

Should I get a dental bridge?

Not everybody should choose to restore missing teeth with a dental bridge. There are a lot of different options and Dr. Blackhurst will take the time to meet with you to determine if a dental bridge is the best option for you. There are benefits and drawbacks to each kind of dental restorations and Dr. Blackhurst is dedicated to helping you find the treatment options that are the best for you.

How long do dental bridges last?

One of the most important factors that determines longevity of your dental bridge is proper home care. Dr. Blackhurst and his caring staff will take the time to show you how to properly care for your new dental bridge. With Dr. Blackhurst’s skill, competency, attention to detail, and your dedication to home care your new dental bridge done at his office in Midvale will last for a long while. If you decide to go with a bridge instead of other restorative techniques, make sure you are working with an experienced dentist like Dr. Blackhurst.

How are bridges made?

The dental bridge itself can consist of several different materials. At Blackhurst Dental in Midvale, UT, we use only the highest quality and up to date materials. Most often our bridges are made from zirconia. A zirconia bridge is considered a top quality bridge which is strong, durable and visually appealing as compared to other types of bridges. It is preferred to the metal-ceramic bridges as there is no sign of the grey line at the gum line that appears over time. A zirconia bridge is different in that it is produced from Zirconium oxide- a tough form of dental ceramic which is also more compatible with the body. This means that the body will not reject or react in a negative way to the bridge and it is kinder to the tissue. A zirconia bridge has a translucent appearance and is an ideal match with the rest of your teeth.

What to expect during your appointment?

Dr. Blackhurst and his expert staff in Midvale are dedicated to making sure that you have an exceptional experience while you are in their care. During your first appointment, Dr. Blackhurst will explain the treatment needed and answer any questions that you will have. During treatment, Dr. Blackhurst will prepare your teeth for the new bridge. He is excellent in gentle dental care and his staff is well trained in making sure that you are comfortable. You can expect to have your treatment take about an hour, depending on the size of the dental bridge, and will leave our office with a temporary bridge that looks esthetically beautiful. Impressions taken during your appointment will be sent to our lab where they will fabricate your “state of the art” bridge. In two weeks you will return for the final restoration to be placed. You can rest assured that Dr. Blackhurst and his staff will take excellent care of you throughout your entire treatment and look forward to working with you for many years to come.