If you have gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth, you know what a hassle it can be to perform even the simplest tasks. Even the most basic mouth movements allowing you to talk and chew food can be difficult and painful. Thankfully, dental bridges provide a solution. Our dental bridge dentist in Ann Arbor, MI can help restore the strength and appearance of your teeth.
If you have gaps in your mouth created by missing teeth, you know what a hassle it can be to perform even the simplest tasks. Even the most basic mouth movements allowing you to talk and chew food can be difficult and painful.
Thankfully, dental bridges provide a solution. Our dental bridge dentist in Ann Arbor, MI can help restore the strength and appearance of your teeth.
Dental bridges simply fill in your mouth’s empty space with false teeth. Our dentistsuse the teeth on either side of the gap like anchors to hold the false teeth down. Depending on your preference, these teeth can be made from porcelain, gold, alloys, or any combination of the three.
Dental bridges effectively:
- Restore your smile
- Improve chewing and speaking
- Maintain your face’s natural shape
- Even out your bite
- Prevent teeth from shifting positions
Types of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges come in three basic types: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland. Traditional bridges, the most common, use crowns or implants as the ‘anchors’ on either side of the missing teeth.
When you have teeth adjacent to only one side of your missing teeth, dentists use a Cantilever bridge. Finally, Maryland bonded bridges have a metal framework which dentists bond directly to your adjacent teeth.
Dental Bridge vs Other Options
You may be wondering why choose a dental bridge over other options like a dental implant so here are a few different reasons. Dental bridges tend to be less expensive and covered by insurance more often than dental implants.
The dental bridge process generally takes two visits, but the dental implant process can take up to six months. Plus, dental bridges don’t require an invasive procedure (other than some minimal enamel shaving), dental implants on the other hand are surgically placed into the jaw bone.
Restore Your Smile
Because they’re made from durable material, dental bridges provide you with a long-lasting solution. With proper care, dental bridges can last longer than 10 years. Yet, it’s important that you take good care of your smile. Patients who practice good oral hygiene are able to keep theirfor longer.
Our dental bridge dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily to remove plaque buildup. You’ll also need to see one of our dentists at least every 6 months so they can monitor the condition of your tooth bridge.
Improve Chewing and Speaking
It’s hard to eat your favorite foods when you have missing teeth. This is why it’s important you see one of our dental bridge dentists as soon as possible. They’ll be able to fill in the gap with a tooth bridge so you can eat the foods you want. Check out our blog post on how missing teeth could mean missing nutrition.
After we replace your missing tooth, you’ll also notice your speech improve. This is because certain sounds (like “th-”) are made by touching your tongue to the back of teeth. Call today to learn how a dental bridge can restore your smile.
Prevent Teeth From Shifting
Once you lose one tooth, you’re at risk for losing more. This is because your teeth are partly held in place by adjacent teeth. When you lose a tooth, the other teeth begin to loosen and tilt toward the open space.
The best way to prevent further tooth loss is to visit our dentists. They can help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dental bridges. That way, you’ll be able to avoid some of the negative health effects of missing teeth.
If you want to bring confidence and comfort back to your smile, talk with our dentists today about getting dental bridges.
This blog post has been updated.