Bridges / Fixed Bridges
Dentist in Grand Rapids, MI
Dental bridges usually consist 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.
Missing teeth need to be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated right away or properly, the teeth surrounding the gap will begin to shift inward. Since teeth use surrounding teeth for support, when a tooth is missing they begin to fall and shift into the open spaces. This may worsen your bite due to changes in pressure and can eventually result in problems with the jaw such as TMJ, headaches, neck pain and infected gums.