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Bridges and Veneers

In cosmetic dentistry, two transformative solutions stand out for their ability to restore not just the functionality but also the aesthetic appeal of your smile: dental bridges and veneers. 

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth, bridging gaps and restoring continuity to your smile. Veneers, on the other hand, are custom-crafted shells designed to cover the front surface of teeth, concealing imperfections and enhancing your smile’s brilliance.

At Family Dental Health, we understand the profound impact a confident smile can have on your life. Our dedicated team is equipped with the expertise and technology to provide you with the highest quality bridges and veneers tailored to meet your unique needs and preferences.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are prosthetic devices fastened to existing teeth or implants to replace missing teeth. They play a crucial role in restoring your smile and preventing the remaining teeth from shifting, which could lead to a misaligned bite and other dental issues. 

The benefits of opting for a dental bridge include improved chewing and speaking abilities, maintaining your face's natural shape, and enhanced oral health by reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Bridges also make for easier cleaning routines and help preserve the alignment of your remaining teeth.

How Are Dental Bridges Installed?

The process of installing a dental bridge at Family Dental Health begins with a consultation. During this visit, your dentist evaluates your needs and prepares the adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge securely.

Afterward, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth to ensure the custom-designed bridge fits seamlessly into the gap, restoring your smile's natural look and function. In some cases, your dentist will insert a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth while your permanent bridge is being made.

When your custom bridge is ready, it will be carefully adjusted and cemented into place, creating a comfortable and secure fit. This entire procedure is typically completed across two to three visits over a few weeks, with local anesthesia used to ensure a pain-free experience. 

After the fitting, you'll be provided with detailed care instructions to help extend the lifespan of your bridge. With proper care, it can last between five and 15 years, ensuring your smile remains vibrant and functional for years to come.

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, porcelain, or composite resin shells tailor-made to cover the front surface of teeth, transforming their color, shape, size, or length. 

Unlike bridges, veneers primarily serve cosmetic purposes, offering a solution for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, misaligned, uneven, or have gaps between them. 

Veneers provide a modern approach to changing a tooth's color and shape; unlike crowns, they don't require the dramatic shaping process prior to the procedure. They serve as a stronger, more appealing alternative.

How Are Veneers Applied?

The application of veneers begins with a detailed consultation. During this time, your dentist will identify your dental goals and select the appropriate color and shape for your veneers to match your natural teeth.

Following your consultation, your dentist will carefully remove a small amount of enamel from the tooth surface to ensure the veneer will fit perfectly and look natural. An impression of your tooth is then taken, which serves as the blueprint for crafting your custom veneer.

Once the veneer is ready, it is permanently bonded to your tooth. During this bonding process, necessary adjustments are made to ensure optimal fit and appearance. Local anesthesia can be administered to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, which typically spans two to three visits over several weeks. With diligent care, veneers can maintain their beauty and function for 10 to 30 years, making them a long-lasting solution to enhance your smile.

How Do I Know if I Need Bridges or Veneers?

Whether you need bridges or veneers depends on your specific dental issues and aesthetic goals. Considerations include the condition of your teeth, your oral care routine, and your desired outcome. Bridges are ideal for replacing missing teeth, whereas veneers are suited for cosmetic enhancements. 

A consultation with a member of the Family Dental Health team can provide you with personalized advice and options. Our dentists are dedicated to ensuring that every patient receives comprehensive guidance to make informed decisions about their dental health, considering both functional needs and cosmetic desires.

Choose Family Dental Health

At Family Dental Health, we pride ourselves on our ability to deliver exceptional dental bridge and veneer solutions. Using cutting-edge technology and the best materials, we ensure your treatment is effective, comfortable, and tailored to your needs. 

Our commitment to excellence and patient satisfaction makes us an easy choice for those wanting affordable dentistry. We continuously strive to exceed expectations. Contact Family Dental Health in Idaho Falls today to start your journey to a brighter, more confident smile.