A dental bridge quite literally “bridges” the gap left behind by one or more . This solution involves artificial teeth being cemented into place while teeth on either side of the gap are used for support. Our Troy, MI, dentists will use a dental bridge to replace the missing tooth for enhanced functionality and cosmetic appearance.
Here’s what you need to know aboutand their associated benefits.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Most traditional dental bridges consist of two dental crowns with one false tooth in the middle. The two anchoring teeth that receive the crowns are called “abutment teeth” and they help secure the false tooth (or teeth) in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, tooth-colored composite resin, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can also be supported by natural teeth and by dental implants.
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Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and aesthetics.
How Dental Bridges Can Help Your Smile
There are many advantages to having a dental bridge placed. The most obvious benefit is that they can help improve the appearance of your smile. This alone can provide a noticeable confidence boost and make the entire process worth it.
The placement of a dental bridge can also:
- Restore your ability to talk and chew food
- Help maintain the natural shape of your face
- Improve your speech or pronunciation
- Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting into undesirable positions
- Re-adjust your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
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Why Tooth Replacement Matters
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated properly and in a timely manner, the teeth surrounding the gap will begin to shift inward. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to fall and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen your bite due to changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as a TMJ disorder.
Make an Appointment
To learn more about dental bridges and how our dentists in Troy, MI, will perform the procedure, call Mosaic Dental today at (248) 528-2270. Feel free to also contact us online to request an appointment and we’ll be in touch ASAP.