Bridges / Fixed Bridges
Dentist in Grand Rapids, MI
Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear and esthetics.
A dental bridge usually consists of two bridges for the teeth on either side of the gap. The two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and secure the false tooth or teeth in between. These false teeth can be made from gold, alloys, composite resins or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can also be supported by natural teeth and by implants.
A missing tooth should be replaced as soon as possible, if not treated properly and in a timely manner, the teeth surrounding the gap will begin to shift inward. Since teeth use adjacent teeth for support, if one is missing they begin to fall and shift into the open gaps. This may worsen your bite due to changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ.