When a patient has gaps or spaces in their space in their smile caused by missing teeth, Dr. Karey may recommend a dental bridge in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A dental bridge is appliance that closes the space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to eat and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute the forces in your bite
- Keep your natural teeth from shifting
There are three main types of bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges consist of crowns for the tooth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth, with a replacement tooth in between. These bridges are either made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. Cantilever bridges are not very common. They are used when there is only an adjacent tooth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth. Maryland bonded bridges consist of replacement teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. The framework is bonded to your existing teeth. These bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic.
Feel free to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.