If you have recently lost a tooth, you’ll want to ask our Holland family dentist about dental bridges. Like the name suggests, a “bridges” the gap in your smile after losing a tooth.
It’s important to understand that your teeth are held in place by tooth roots and surrounding teeth. This means that when you lose a tooth, the teeth surrounding the gap will begin to tilt toward the open space.
If you have recently had a tooth extracted or fall out, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge to prevent further tooth loss.
How Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge is comprised of a false tooth anchored by dental crowns on both sides. The false tooth and crowns are part of the same dental restoration, which is called a bridge. To be a candidate for dental bridges, you’ll need to have healthy natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure will take one visit to our office. During your appointment with us, your dentist will remove enough enamel from the teeth on either side of the gap to make room for the dental crowns. Since dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of teeth above the gum line, these receiving teeth need to be prepped.
Our Holland, MI, restorative dentist is dedicated to helping patients restore their smiles with dental bridges and other tooth restorations. If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for a tooth bridge, call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524, or contact us online.