Losing an adult tooth and being left with a gap in your smile can damage more than your appearance and self-esteem. In fact, you might experience pain while chewing or jaw discomfort. Healthy Smiles Dental Care offers dental bridges to fix your smile. If you’re missing a tooth, book an appointment online or over the phone at one of their locations in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan.
Dental bridges are devices that use the durable surrounding teeth or other structures to anchor in false teeth, bridging the gap left by a missing tooth and restoring your full smile. The bridge includes a custom replacement tooth — or multiple replacement teeth — to close the gap as well as a device to anchor the new tooth or teeth into your mouth. There are four types of bridges that are attached in different ways, and your dentist will determine which type best suits you.
Each type of bridge has a specific purpose. The four types are:
Traditional bridges are the most common type. They include one or more false teeth to occupy the gap, and they are supported by crowns attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.
Similar to traditional bridges, cantilever bridges include one or more false teeth. Unlike traditional bridges, they include only one crown that is attached to the tooth nearest the gap.
Maryland bridges are typically reserved for teeth that aren’t used for chewing. They aren’t as strong as traditional and cantilever bridges since they aren’t cemented in with crowns. Instead, a framework of porcelain or metal holds them in place.
If you’re missing more than one tooth, your dentist might suggest an implant-supported bridge. As the name suggests, these are held in place by implants that are attached to your jaw bone.
Bridges have several benefits as a tooth replacement option. These include:
Dental bridges are long-lasting when they are properly maintained. Your dentist will give you care instructions to maximize the longevity of your bridge, no matter the type.If you want to learn more about replacing a missing tooth, book an appointment online or over the phone with Healthy Smiles Dental Care today.