Are there gaps and spaces between your teeth? Are there permanent teeth missing from your smile? To restore the beauty and functionality of your smile, Dr. Roxanne Lawrence may recommend a dental bridge. The teeth on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth. A dental bridge consists of dental crowns for the abutment teeth and one or more replacement teeth in between. Your dental bridge will restore the beauty of your smile and maintain your face shape. Replacing missing teeth will restore your ability to eat and speak properly. By filling in the spaces in your smile, a dental bridge prevents your natural teeth from drifting.
There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges are made of a crown for each abutment tooth with a replacement tooth in between. These are the most common type of dental bridge. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only an abutment tooth on one side of the missing tooth. They are not very common anymore. Maryland bonded bridges are made of replacement teeth and gums that are supported by a porcelain or metal framework. This framework is bonded to your existing teeth.
To learn more and to schedule your next dental appointment with our dentist, contact South Jackson Family Dental today.