A bridge is a fixed restoration that is used to replace missing teeth. It spans the gap between two teeth and is supported by crowns on either side placed on healthy neighboring teeth or dental implants. At Midtown Dental, bridges are a popular option for patients who want to fill the gaps in their mouths and restore their smile to a more natural appearance. With proper care, bridges can last many years before needing replacement.
A missing tooth can significantly impact how you look, feel, eat, and speak. It can also severely damage your oral health if left untreated. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth may shift to fill the gap. This can cause bite misalignment and increased tooth decay and gum disease risk. The bone loss around the root can lead to an increased risk of fracture of the next tooth in the row. A dental bridge prevents these serious consequences by restoring your smile to its natural beauty. Bridges also attach to your natural teeth, allowing you to chew and speak more normally.
The most common type of bridge is the fixed bridge, which consists of one or more artificial teeth anchored into place with dental crowns bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. This type of bridge is permanently cemented to ensure it’s secure and durable enough to handle normal chewing forces.
The next most common type is a cantilever bridge, secured to one side by a crown and the other by a dental implant or an abutment attached to your natural tooth. Since this type of bridge only needs a single anchor to hold it in place, it may be a good choice for those with healthy teeth on one side of their mouth and a missing tooth on the other.
Also known as resin-bonded bridges, these use a metal frame with wings on each side attached to the back of your natural teeth. This treatment option is less strong and durable than the traditional bridge but is good for front teeth replacement.
Dental bridges are a versatile and effective solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring your smile, and improving oral health. Visit Midtown Dental at 750 George Washington Way, Richland, WA, Suite 1 99352, or call (509) 946-1678 to determine if a dental bridge is the right option for you and take the first step towards regaining your confidence and oral well-being.