A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is made to look just like your natural teeth. The bridge is made of two dental crowns and a replacement tooth in the middle. It is anchored to the two natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your smile for support. A bridge offers beautiful results for your smile, but it also helps improve the functionality of your mouth when chewing and speaking. Creating a bridge is both an art and a science. It can be made from porcelain, ceramic, gold alloys, or even porcelain bonded to metal. When choosing the right bridge for your smile, Dr. Engelhardt, Dr. Slootmaker, and Dr. Ralston will examine your mouth and give you the options that will give you the strength and aesthetics necessary.
Other than filling the gaps in your mouth and giving you a complete smile, replacing a missing tooth is important for your oral health. First, the surrounding teeth can move toward the void in the mouth, which will change the alignment of your smile and your bite. Teeth also rely on the teeth next to them, and when a tooth is missing, it can result in functionality issues, problems with bone support, and jaw joint issues.
If you’re missing a tooth and you’re interested in replacing it with a dental bridge please call Engelhardt & Associates at 970-484-4890 and schedule an appointment!