A bridge is a treatment that replaces missing teeth. It is a fixed treatment that stays in the mouth permanently and does not move. The adjacent teeth are crowned, and these crowns are used to reinforce the missing tooth in the middle.
What if I don’t replace a missing tooth?
A missing tooth can make you self-conscious about your appearance. It may also compromise your ability to chew properly and cause a collapse of the bite. Chewing on one side only may cause extra pressure on the jaw joints. Furthermore, a missing tooth causes the jawbone to shrink, resulting in a collapsed lip or cheek.
Tipped teeth become more difficult to clean. This makes the surrounding teeth and gum tissue susceptible to decay and gum disease. Long term, this can cause more teeth to be lost.
Different types of bridges
Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or implants.
Modern metal-free bridges
Wehbe D.M.D. & Associates Inc. takes pride in realizing not only a proper functional result but also an aesthetic result that will result in a beautiful smile. Our dentists, Dr. Haitham Wehbe, Dr. Jim Cuglewski or Dr. Judy Kiss-Benke, use modern and metal-free ceramics. These are as strong as metal yet result in more aesthetic and conservative dentistry (less tooth sensitivity and side effects to tooth preparation).
To plan a dental bridge in Parma, Ohio, call 440-884-0640 and speak with a member of our team.