A great way to replace missing teeth, a dental bridge is a natural looking dental restoration that fills in a section of one or more missing teeth. Custom-made, a bridge covers the two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing and artificial tooth or teeth fills this space. Bridges are used when a patient has:
- A missing tooth or teeth
- Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space
- The “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth
- Desire to improve chewing ability
- Desire for a more permanent solution than dentures
Advantages to Bridges
Bridges, unlike dentures, are permanent. They function just as natural teeth. By repairing missing teeth, the surrounding teeth become more stable. Bridges provide better chewing ability and can help prevent future jaw and joint problems.
Disadvantages to Bridges
Though bridges are durable, they may eventually need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear and tear. The best alternative to a bridge is a dental implant.
Dental Bridge Procedure
During a dental bridge procedure the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will be prepared like crowns and an impression or mold is made of the area. This mold is used to create the bridge in a dental laboratory. The bridge is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the teeth, effectively creating the appearance of a “new” tooth filling the space.
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For more information on bridges, call us to schedule an appointment today at (734) 464-8020.