Bridges Specialist

Dutch Creek Dental

Mike Itoafa, DMD

General Dentistry located in Littleton, CO

According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three missing or decaying teeth. If you’re suffering from missing teeth and looking for a replacement solution, Mike Itoafa, DMD, at Dutch Creek Dental in Littleton, Colorado, offers dental bridges to replace your teeth. If you’re like to discuss your dental bridge options, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Bridges Q & A

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges help replace, or ‘bridge a gap’ between two or more missing teeth. They help keep your natural teeth in their correct position by stopping them from shifting. 

Bridges are prosthetics often made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramic. Some are held in place by your natural teeth nearest the missing teeth, while other bridges attach to dental implants for improved stability.

Why should I get a dental bridge?

If you have missing teeth and want to restore the look of your smile, then a dental bridge could be an option for you. Dr. Itoafa can help you choose which type of bridge is best for your teeth.

The four main types of dental bridges are:

  • Traditional: used when natural teeth are on either side of your gap
  • Cantilever: used when one only tooth is healthy enough to support the replacement
  • Maryland: used by cementing a wireframe to the back of natural teeth on either side
  • Implant-supported: used for extra support and strength

Bridges replace your missing teeth with durable and long-lasting alternatives. A dental bridge can provide a variety of benefits for your oral health, such as restore your smile, help you chew and eat properly, preserve the shape of your jaw, and maintain correct alignment for your teeth. 

How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges can last as long as 15 years or even a lifetime if cared for properly. Daily brushing, flossing, and regular trips to Dutch Creek Dental help maintain and protect your new dental bridge, keeping your prosthetic lasting as long as possible. If at any time you notice a piece of your bridge wiggling or coming loose, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Once you have decided on a bridge to replace your missing teeth, call Dutch Creek Dental or schedule an appointment online.