Bridges

One or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Missing teeth can cause a plethora of problems:

  • A shift in the alignment of your teeth
  • Greater probability of periodontal disease
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of adjacent teeth
  • Speech disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Dental bridges are used to literally bridge the gap in your mouth. Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace missing a missing tooth, with the exception that bridges are supported by the teeth on either side, called abutment teeth. Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak, as well as your smile. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as is common in a person who has missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges and each functions differently.

  • Cantilever bridges – Used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area
  • Maryland bonded bridges – Artificial teeth and gums are held in place by a metal frame
  • Traditional bridges – The most common variety, which occupies a gap of an empty tooth space. Crowns on adjacent teeth hold false tooth in place.

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Every family desires a personal touch in dental care and our goal is to provide personalized, attentive service designed to meet your needs. Keeping your mouth pain-free, fully functional and attractive requires attention from you and help from us. We provide you and your family with help in preventing many dental problems before they cause you real discomfort.

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