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By David Cooley, DDS
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental bridges  

Dental bridges can help your smile by filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss. They also help restore normal biting and chewing functions by giving you a full set of teeth. Several types of fixed and removable dental bridges are available. Dr. David Cooley, the experienced dentist at our office in Kalamazoo, MI, can recommend the right type of dental bridge for your needs.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap or space between teeth where tooth loss has occurred. The gaps are filled with artificial teeth called pontics. Multiple types of dental bridges are available. Some are fixed in place and can only be removed by a dentist, while others are removable and can be taken out to be cleaned. We offer several types of fixed dentures at our office in Kalamazoo. Our skilled dentist can help you choose the right one.

Some common types of fixed dental bridges include conventional, cantilever, and zirconia bonded bridges. Also referred to as traditional bridges, conventional dental bridges are held in place by a dental crown on each side of the bridge that fits over a natural tooth or a dental implant. Cantilever and zirconia bonded dental bridges differ from conventional ones because they are only held in place on one side of the bridge. There is a crown on only one side of the pontics. Whatever type of dental bridge you select, it will be custom-made for the best fit.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

There are multiple benefits to restoring your smile with a dental bridge. Not only can a bridge replace missing teeth, but having a full smile again often boosts confidence. Some of the numerous benefits of dental bridges include:

  • Filling in the gaps caused by tooth loss
  • Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
  • Providing support for sagging facial muscles
  • Distributing biting and chewing functions more evenly across teeth
  • Alleviating extra strain on existing teeth compensating for missing ones
  • Improving speech that was affected by gaps in your smile
  • Preventing existing teeth from moving out of place

Dental bridges can help your smile in so many ways, from replacing missing teeth to providing support for sagging facial muscles. Dr. Cooley can have a custom dental bridge created just for you. To schedule an appointment with our knowledgeable dentist, call our office in Kalamazoo, MI, at (269) 345-1021.

Dental technology has come a long way in the last few decades, especially in the area of gum disease prevention and treatment. More and dental crownsmore adults are keeping their natural teeth for most of their lives according to the American Dental Association (ADA), but almost half of all Americans over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth and cosmetic imperfections like stains, chips and unevenly spaced teeth are among the biggest cause of embarrassment for adults according to studies. Dental crowns are one of the most affordable and versatile solutions available for a number of cosmetic and restorative dental problems. Dr. David Cooley, a dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, recommends crowns and bridges to correct common dentistry issues like tooth loss, extensive tooth decay, chips and cracks, and permanent staining and discoloration.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Crowns and Bridges in Kalamazoo, MI

Crowns (also known as caps) are custom designed to cover a damaged tooth to restore function and aesthetics to your smile. They are used to fix cosmetic issues like chips, cracks, mild spacing and sizing issues. Crowns are also an option for to cover permanent tooth stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface teeth whitening treatments.

As a staple of restorative dentistry, they can save severely decayed teeth from possible extraction when a cavity is too large for a standard dental filling, and to seal a tooth after root canal therapy.

Crowns can also replace a missing tooth as part of a bridge. A bridge consists of the replacement crown for the missing tooth, which is attached to a pair of crowns on either side, and cover abutment teeth which keep the bridge in place. Crowns are indistinguishable from your natural teeth and can improve the appearance and health of your smile.

Find a Dentist in Kalamazoo, MI

If you have been living with a damaged or incomplete smile, contact us today to learn more about how dental crowns and bridges can improve your smile and restore your self esteem. For more information, call 269-345-1021 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooley today.