Kellogg Dental offers our patients dental bridges to replace any missing teeth they have. Bridges help you restore your smile and maintain the shape of your face. They also relieve any stress on your bite, allowing you to better chew your food and speak. Our practice offers three types of bridges, and your dentist will discuss with you which option best fits your needs.
The most popular type of bridge is a traditional bridge made from porcelain or ceramic bonded to metal. Your dentist will make a crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth with a false tooth between them. A cantilever bridge is used when the missing tooth does not have two teeth on either of its sides. Finally, a Maryland bridge is the most conservative of dental bridges. Made with a metal frame, the false tooth is bonded to metal or porcelain “wings” which are attached to the supporting teeth.
Getting a dental bridge can take a couple visits. During your first visit, your dentist will remove the enamel from the supporting teeth on either side of your missing tooth to prepare them for a crown. Then your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a lab where where the crowns and bridge will be milled. Kellogg Dental provides our patients with a temporary bridge to wear while their permanent one is being made. During your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge, place your new bridge, and check that everything fits as it should.
You should treat your permanent dental bridge like you treat your permanent teeth. It should be brushed and flossed twice a day, and you should take care to clean in between your bridge and supporting teeth. Proper oral care will help reduce cavities, inflammation of your gums, and will keep your bridge in top condition for years to come.
Call 517-618-0987 today and schedule an appointment to learn more about whether bridges are right for you.