If a patient is missing one or more permanent teeth, Dr. Damon T. Armstrong may recommend a dental bridge in Blackfoot, Idaho. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes gaps between teeth by replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, which are called the abutment teeth. A replacement tooth is attached between the dental crowns. Dental bridges are advantageous because they can:
- Restore the beauty and functionality of your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute your bite
- Prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place
The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges are made up of dental crowns for the abutment teeth with a tooth replacement attached between them. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only an abutment tooth on one side of the gap. This bridge type is not used often anymore. Maryland bonded bridges are made of replacement teeth and gums that are supported by a metal or porcelain framework. The framework has wings on each side that are bonded to your teeth.
Please contact Armstrong Dental today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.