When a patient has gaps or spaces between their teeth, Dr. Dennis Burrell may recommend a dental bridge in University Place, Washington. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gap or space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is made up of a replacement tooth connected to crowns for the neighboring teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth and act as anchors for the dental bridge. Our dentist may place a dental bridge to:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute your bite
- Keep your natural teeth from shifting
There are three main types of bridges. Traditional bridges are made with a replacement tooth with dental crowns for the abutment teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only an abutment tooth on one side of the gap. This type of bridges is not used much anymore. Maryland bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused-to-metal, or plastic teeth and gums. These bridges are supported by a metal framework.
We invite you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today to learn more and to schedule your next visit with our dentist.