Dental Bridges in Sterling Heights, MI
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an effective and natural-looking solution to missing teeth. Bridges do exactly what their name implies — they create a bridge between your natural teeth to complete your smile. You won’t have to hide your smile any longer.
Learn how Dr. Lauren Johnson can help give you a smile that you’ll love.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Some of the benefits of dental bridges are:
- They restore your smile’s appearance, including your front teeth
- You’ll be able to speak more easily
- The shape of your face will be improved or maintained
- You’ll be able to eat more foods and chew better
- They keep your other teeth from shifting out of position
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Dental bridges usually only require two appointments to give you a complete smile. At your first appointment, Dr. Johnson will examine your teeth to make sure a dental bridge is the best option for you. She’ll then clean and prepare the two teeth on the sides of the empty space left by a missing tooth or teeth, called abutments or anchoring teeth.
These anchoring teeth will eventually have dental crowns placed over them to secure your bridge in place. Until your permanent dental bridge is ready, Dr. Johnson will place a temporary bridge in your mouth.
Once your permanent bridge is ready, you’ll come back for your second appointment. Dr. Johnson will remove the temporary bridge and securely place the permanent bridge. Then, your smile will be complete and ready to go.
Does Your Dental Bridge Need Repairing?
If your dental bridge needs adjustments or repairs, call Sterling Heights Dentistry at (586) 939-5151 so we can help you. Dr. Johnson can assess the condition of your dental bridge and the best way to proceed.
If your bridge has broken, try to hold onto the pieces so we can look at it. While it may be tempting to try and fix your bridge with glue, but this can cause additional problems and may end up hurting you more.
Dr. Johnson can determine if your bridge can be fixed or if you’ll need a new dental bridge. She’ll help you regain your smile and feel comfortable with your teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dental bridge usually lasts for over 10 to 15 years, depending on certain factors. Your bridge may wear out more quickly if it’s in certain areas of your mouth, especially if it’s used for chewing often. Bridges are meant to be durable, but they eventually do have to be replaced.
You can better the chances of your bridge lasting longer by keeping up with good oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day keeps your bridge in good shape, so it won’t need to be replaced too quickly.
Improving the way your bite fits together can also help your bridges last longer. Dr. Johnson can recommend an Invisalign treatment if you’re a candidate.
Yes, a dental bridge can fix a gap left by a missing tooth in the front of your mouth. Dr. Johnson can create a dental bridge that matches the color and size of your natural teeth, so the replacement teeth will blend in seamlessly. You’ll be able to smile and not feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth.
Bridges are also made to last, so you won’t have to worry about replacing your bridge for a while. As long as you take good care of your dental bridge, your bridge can take good care of your smile.
There are several different types of bridges that can be used to repair your smile, depending on the circumstances of your teeth. Some of the different types of dental bridges are:
- Traditional bridges – These are the bridges most commonly placed. They’re made of one or more replacement teeth connected to dental crowns on both sides. The dental crowns support the bridge using the natural strength of your teeth.
- Cantilever bridges – This bridge is typically used when only one tooth can act as a support for the bridge. A cantilever bridge isn’t recommended for the back of the mouth, where everyday chewing could put too much pressure on the anchor tooth.
- Maryland bridges – A Maryland bridge is a replacement tooth with two metal wings that are attached to abutment teeth. These bridges are often used as temporary replacements or for adolescents.
- Implant-supported bridges – Dental implants can also be used to create a stable bridge. Implants can replace one or more teeth, giving you a secure tooth replacement solution. The biggest drawback of dental implants is that they can take a long time to place due to the surgery required.
Contact Us to Reclaim Your Amazing Smile
You don’t have to live with a smile you don’t love. Dr. Johnson can help repair your teeth and improve your self-confidence.
To get in contact with us about your appointment, you can easily reach us by calling (586) 939-5151 or by filling out our online contact form.
We’ll be happy to speak with you about your smile and all the ways we can help you.