The Benefits of Dental Bridges
When it comes to treating tooth loss our Portage, MI, dentists, Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Jared Hector, offer many options—one of which being dental bridges. Read on to learn what this restorative treatment can do for you!
What is a dental bridge?
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is designed to replace missing teeth when you still have some healthy teeth remaining. In order to get a dental bridge, our Portage, MI, general dentists will need to examine your teeth and make sure that they are healthy and strong enough to support this restoration.
The teeth surrounding the gap will be shaved down and fitted with dental crowns. Connected to the crown is the false tooth (also known as a pontic), which will fill the gap and replace your missing tooth. A dental bridge can often be placed in two visits.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
Here are some of the pros of getting a dental bridge:
- Fill gaps in your smile: Having a complete smile again is always the goal after tooth loss. A dental bridge can fill the gap with natural-looking false teeth. With bridges, you can get your full smile back in a couple of weeks!
- Improve chewing and speaking: One complication of tooth loss is that you may notice difficulty being able to chew certain foods. You may also find that gaps in your smile have left you whistling when you talk or have affected your speech. These are major problems that will only get worse if left untreated. A dental bridge can restore speech and make chewing easy and problem-free.
- Prevent teeth from shifting: If tooth loss isn’t treated, the rest of your teeth will gradually begin to shift into the open gaps in your smile. Over time, this can lead to further crookedness or misalignments in your smile, which can only be corrected through orthodontic treatment. The best thing you can do is prevent this problem from happening in the first place. Therefore, if you are dealing with tooth loss, it’s important that you see your Portage, MI, family dentist as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options.
- Quick and easy treatment: Another major benefit of dental bridges is that the application process is fairly simple. After all, with bridges, you won’t need to undergo surgery and the treatment only takes two visits to our Portage office to complete. If you are looking for a simple solution to replace missing teeth, a bridge may be your best option!
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If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or the other tooth replacement options that we offer here in our Portage office, call Johnson Family Dentistry today at (269) 381-7250 for a dental consultation.