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 prosthetic tooth anchored by dental crowns on both sides. The prosthetic 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 and/or dental implants on both sides of the empty socket.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure will take one visit to our office. During your appointment with us, your dentist will file down and shape the teeth on both sides 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. This will ensure that your dental bridge looks and feels natural. If Dr. Habecker is placing the bridge on dental implants, we won’t have to touch your other teeth. Instead, Dr. Habecker will place the crowns over the implants to anchor the bridge in place.
Schedule an Appointment With Us
Dr. Brenton Habecker is an experienced dentist in Holland, Michigan, who is currently accepting new patients. As such, he’d be more than happy to help you explore your tooth replacement options. To request an appointment, please call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.