Bridges are a type of tooth replacement designed to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. Non-removable and customized to look and feel like natural teeth, bridges can be anchored on the two teeth adjacent to the gap or on dental implants. Bridges prevent other teeth from shifting in the mouth, which could lead to bite or jaw problems and periodontal disease, and can safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. There are three main types of bridges: the fixed bridge, the Maryland bridge, and the cantilever bridge. Our experienced dentist, Dr. Carole Gleich DDS, and our highly trained dental staff can help you determine which type of bridge will best enhance your smile, improve your oral health, and restore the function of your mouth.
The most common type of dental bridge is the traditional fixed bridge. This type of bridge consists of two dental crowns and one artificial tooth, called a pontic. The crowns are attached to the remaining teeth or dental implants adjacent to the missing tooth in order to anchor the pontic in place. This ensures that your dental bridge in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, is secure and strong. To learn more about dental bridges and their benefits, we invite you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!