Dental bridges are used to hold restorations such as dental crowns in the place of one or more missing teeth. This fast and reliable restoration can renew the function and beauty of your smile without surgical intervention. What’s more, dental bridges work to prevent issues such as tooth slippage and bite irregularities, helping you maintain a strong and healthy smile for years to come.
If you are missing one or more teeth, please contact Dental Touch Associates online or by calling our Marion, Iowa office at 319-373-5082 to schedule a consultation with experienced family dentists Dr. Blaine McLaughlin and Dr. Meghan Mueller (Nelson).
Types of Dental Bridges
The most common type of dental bridge is the traditional or fixed bridge. This option is secured to dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth on both sides of a gap. This type of bridge requires at least one healthy tooth on both sides of the space left by missing teeth.
When there is only one tooth adjacent to an empty space, Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Mueller (Nelson) may recommend a cantilever bridge. This option is best for front teeth that do not have primary biting and chewing functions.
When several teeth are missing in a row, a resin bonded bridge, also known as a Maryland bridge, may be best. This option is supported by a plastic framework that attaches to adjacent teeth with metal wings.
During your tooth replacement consultation Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Mueller (Nelson) will discuss which of these options will best meet your needs.
There are several benefits to replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge. These include:
- Preventing adjacent teeth from drifting out of place
- Restoring full speaking, biting, and chewing abilities
- Preserving bite tension and force
- Restoring aesthetics to your smile
To learn more about the benefits offered by dental bridges, please contact our experienced Cedar Rapids dentist today. Based in Marion, Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Mueller (Nelson) proudly serve the greater Cedar Rapids area and all surrounding Iowa communities.