How A Dental Bridge Can Help Your Smile

Your Fenton, MO, dentists Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry, can help you close that gap in your teeth with a dental bridge. Thanks to your new bridge, you'll love your smile again.

What are bridges?

Bridges are dental restorations designed to "bridge" the gap in your smile caused by missing teeth. The most common type of bridge, the traditional fixed bridge, consists of one or two artificial teeth called pontics attached to dental crowns on either side. The crown portion of the bridge is cemented onto supporting teeth, anchoring the bridge in place. Porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal are often used to make bridges. Porcelain looks just like tooth enamel and is available in many shades of white.

A cantilever bridge can be used if there is only one supporting tooth, while a Maryland bridge uses thin metal wings to attach the restoration to the backs of supporting teeth. An implant-supported bridge is connected to dental implants, which are small posts that bond to the jaw bone and serve as artificial tooth roots.

If you choose a traditional fixed or Maryland bridge, some of the enamel on the supporting teeth will need to be removed in order to ensure a proper fit for your bridge. After reducing the size of teeth in the Fenton, MO, dental office, your dentist will add a temporary bridge to your mouth. You'll wear the temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is complete in a few weeks.

The benefits of bridges

If you've lost a tooth, you probably feel a little self-conscious about the gap in your smile. A bridge will enhance your appearance and may help improve your self-esteem. Because bridges are made from an impression of your mouth to ensure a comfortable fit no one will be able to tell that you have a bridge.

Has your diet suffered since you lost a tooth or two? Once your bridge is in place, you'll be able to bite and chew normally. Bridges also prevent your other teeth from shifting, a common problem after tooth loss. Shifting teeth can ruin years of orthodontic treatment or cause bite or appearance problems. 

Visit Kemlage Family Dentistry

Could a dental bridge help your smile? Call your dentists, Dr. Thomas Kemlage and Dr. Andrew Kemlage, in Fenton, MO, at (636) 225-1777 to schedule an appointment.

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