Dental bridges are a tooth replacement designed to fill the gap created by one missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. Non-removable and custom made to look and function just like natural teeth, bridges are usually anchored on the two teeth adjacent to the gap or on a nearby dental implant. A bridge can prevent other teeth from shifting in the mouth, which may lead jaw problems and periodontal diseases, and can protect the health of existing teeth and help maintain a bright, vibrant smile. There are three main types of dental bridges: fixed bridges, Maryland bridges, and cantilever bridges. Our knowledgeable dentist, Dr. Mark Jensen, and our trained and experienced dental staff can help you learn which specific type of bridge will most effectively improve your smile, boost your oral health, and restore function to your mouth.
The most common type of dental bridge is the traditional fixed bridge. Common bridges have two dental crowns and an artificial tooth, called a pontic, connecting the two crowns. The crowns are fixed to the teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap in order to anchor the pontic in place. This helps your dental bridge stay in place securely. To learn more about getting a dental bridge in Independence, Missouri, we invite you to call or visit our office today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!