Are there gaps or spaces between your teeth? Are there permanent teeth missing from your smile? Dr. McKinley and Dr. Holloway may recommend a dental bridge in Shelby Township, Michigan. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gap between teeth by replacing missing teeth. Traditional tooth bridges are made up of a replacement tooth with dental crowns attached on either side. At our office, we are pleased to provide dental implant bridges. These fixed bridges are supported by dental implants instead of dental crowns.
Reasons for a Dental Bridge
Our Shelby Township dentists may place a dental crown to:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute your bite
- Keep your remaining teeth from shifting out of position
Benefits of Fixed Dental Bridges
There are many benefits to choosing fixed implant-supported bridges over traditional bridges. With traditional bridges, the healthy teeth on either side of the gap are shaved down to allow room for the dental crowns. Implant bridges do not require the altering of healthy teeth. Traditional bridges also place strain on the teeth that support the bridge. Implant-supported bridges are not supported by teeth. They are instead supported by a dental implant, which is surgically placed in the jaw. This implant provides a strong foundation, akin to your natural tooth roots.
When creating your dental bridge, our dentists will select shade of porcelain that will match the shade of your natural teeth. When your dental bridge is complete, our dentists will place it in your mouth to check the fit and color. After any necessary adjustments are made, our dentists will permanently cement your dental bridge in place.
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Dental Bridge FAQs
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are used to replace one or two lost teeth. Traditionally, they are anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap with dental crowns. Dental bridges can also be anchored with a dental implant. Bridges can restore the bite, function, and appearance of your smile.
What is an implant-supported bridge?
An implant-supported bridge is a bridge that is permanently anchored in place by dental implants. The number of dental implants may vary depending on your individual needs.
How long will my implant last?
With proper care, dental implants can last for a lifetime. Keep in mind that while the implant may remain firmly in place, the dental bridge itself may need to be replaced at some point if it wears out or is otherwise damaged.
How do I care for my implant-supported bridge?
Care for your dental implant in the same way you would your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss at least once a day, and visit our office for regular cleanings.