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. Basic mouth movements like talking and chewing food can be difficult and painful. Thankfully, dental bridges provide a solution.
Dental bridges fill in your mouth’s empty space with false teeth. Dentists use 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 will effectively:
- Restore your smile
- Improve chewing and speaking
- Maintain your face’s natural shape
- Even out your bite
- Prevent teeth from shifting positions
Dental bridges come in three basic types: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland. Traditional bridges, the most common, use crowns or implants as anchors on either side of the missing teeth. When you have teeth adjacent to only one side of your missing teeth, your dentist will use a Cantilever bridge. Finally, Maryland bonded bridges have a metal framework which dentists bond directly to your adjacent teeth.
Because they are made from durable material, dental bridges provide you with a long-lasting solution. With proper care, dental bridges can last longer than 10 years.
To learn more about Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Kent Wildern and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at (616) 364-8716. Kent Wildern DDS and his dental team provide patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home.