After losing a tooth (or several teeth), the gaps in your mouth can make you feel unattractive and embarrassed. Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, offers bridges to fill your smile with beautiful, natural-looking teeth. To find out if dental bridges can improve your smile, call the office or request an appointment online.
Dental bridges are replacements for missing teeth that are anchored to the sturdy surrounding teeth that remain in your mouth. You can get a bridge to fill the gap from just one tooth or, if you’ve lost several teeth in a row, you can get a bridge that fills in for all of them.
On one or both ends of the bridge is a custom-fitted crown for your other tooth (or teeth) to hold it in place. The crown fits perfectly over your tooth, keeping your new false teeth in place to appear as a natural, full smile.
Several types of bridges are available. Depending on your situation, your dentist selects the type that will work best for your mouth.
Traditional bridges are anchored to teeth on either side of a gap left by missing teeth. They are the most common type and are typically made of porcelain that is fused to metal or ceramic.
Cantilever bridges are anchored to just one tooth on one side of your gap. They are much less common and are not recommended to replace missing molars.
Maryland bonded bridges don’t use crowns to anchor the false teeth. Rather, they are held in by metal or plastic wings that are mounted onto the backs of your adjacent teeth.
Beyond giving you the full smile that you once had, dental bridges offer many benefits. They can:
Dental bridges aren’t just cosmetic appliances that give you a gorgeous smile. They have many functional purposes and provide your mouth with the structural integrity that it needs.
If you’ve noticed that your mouth functions differently after you lose a tooth or teeth, it might be time to consider getting a dental bridge.
If a gap in your teeth is making it difficult to chew, speak, or show off your smile, call or schedule an appointment online at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more about bridges.