Among the most time-tested and effective treatments for patients who are missing one or more of their nature teeth, fixed dental bridges restore health, function, and strength to the mouth. Unlike their counterparts of the past, however, modern dental bridges offer as many aesthetic benefits as they do oral health benefits. As an experienced, accredited cosmetic dentist with a true artistic eye, Dr. Lauren Shanard is uniquely qualified to provide the highest-quality, most natural-looking, dental bridges to patients of her Williston, Vermont practice.
As a patient of Contemporary Dental Arts, you can expect to be treated with compassion, respect, and professionalism, at every stage of your treatment. Many patients fail to seek treatment for their missing teeth out of the fear that they will be judged for their past dental habits. However, Dr. Shanard and her team are focused on making your visit the most comfortable and pleasant dental experience you have ever had. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional care so that you can look forward to a positive future filled with excellent oral health and a lifetime of beautiful smiles. A dental bridge can help you to do exactly that.
If you are interested in learning more about the world-class dental bridges available at our Williston practice, please contact Contemporary Dental Arts. We would be pleased to answer whatever questions you have and help you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shanard - Vermont's first and only accredited cosmetic dentist.
A dental bridge is a restoration used to replace between one and three missing teeth. A typical dental bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth, called a pontic, attached to a dental crown on either side. These crowns are placed over the natural teeth adjacent to the gap, providing support for the pontic. Two or, in some cases, three pontics can be attached to the crowns if necessary.
If natural teeth are present on only one side of a gap, Dr. Shanard will use a cantilever bridge, in which the pontic is supported by crowns at only one end. To replace missing front teeth, Dr. Shanard may use either a cantilever bridge or a resin bonded bridge. With this latter type of bridge, the pontic is attached to a band that is discreetly bonded to the surrounding natural teeth with a resin material.
As an alternative to these more traditional types of dental bridges, Dr. Shanard may recommend an implant-supported bridge. This type of bridge is preferred by many patients because it requires no alteration of the surrounding natural teeth. Instead, the bridge is supported by dental implants, titanium posts that are embedded into the jaw to provide unrivaled stability and support.
Whichever type of bridge is appropriate for your case, you can expect your bridge to be crafted from the highest-quality porcelain crafted to Dr. Shanard's exacting standards. With proper care, your bridge can last for as long as a decade.
In addition to their many aesthetic benefits, dental bridges help to restore health to the mouth. By filling the gap created by a missing tooth, bridges prevent adjacent teeth from shifting out of their optimal position. In addition, bridges restore the integrity of the bite, allowing patients to speak and chew with greater ease. Unlike removable restorations, the fixed dental bridges available at our Williston practice cannot be removed by hand and, therefore, will not slip out of place or fall out.
At Contemporary Dental Arts, you will benefit further from having your dental bridge planned and placed by an experienced cosmetic dentist with an uncompromising commitment to producing results of the highest standard. Dr. Shanard has the skill to develop the tissue around the bridge so that the results look remarkably natural. Her finely honed eye for aesthetics ensures that your bridge will be meticulously well-designed down to the finest details, so that it perfectly complements the color and texture of surrounding natural teeth.
Dr. Shanard has a particular talent for replacing missing front teeth with bridges so natural looking that they are indistinguishable from - and every bit as aesthetically pleasing - as natural teeth.
Most people who are missing one or more natural teeth are suitable candidates for dental bridges. The type of bridge that is most appropriate depends primarily on which tooth or teeth are missing, as well as the health and structural integrity of the adjacent teeth. In virtually every case, Dr. Shanard will be able to find a solution to missing teeth, even in the most complex cases.
Modern bridges offer an opportunity to fill gaps in your smile without making a single aesthetic compromise. To find out more about the strong, stable, and beautiful dental bridges available at our Williston, Vermont practice, please contact Contemporary Dental Arts today.
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