Dental Bridges in Grand Rapids, Kentwood, East Grand Rapids, MI
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. In East Grand Rapids dentistry, a bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically.
What does a Bridge Accomplish?
Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. In East Grand Rapids, Dr. Zwier has been fabricating beautiful, natural and cosmetically pleasing crowns and bridges for thirty years. The materials he uses may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics. It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons.
If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. In East Grand Rapids, gum disease can become a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a bridge better than an implant?
Several factors play into whether a bridge or implant is right for an individual’s dental care. However, a bridge is generally faster and more affordable for most patients. The procedure is also non-surgical, meaning that it is less painful and invasive than an implant.
How many teeth can be in a bridge?
A bridge typically replaces between one and four teeth, but could include more depending on a patient’s specific situation.
How is a bridge done?
First, Dr. Zwier slightly reduces the teeth on either side of the space to be filled by the bridge, then fits them with a crown. The missing teeth are then replaced with the artificial teeth that make up the bridge, which are attached to the new crowns.
What are the downsides of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are faster and cheaper than implants, but there are some minor downsides. Most notably, they need to be replaced every five to seven years.
Can a bridge be recemented?
Occasionally, a dental bridge or the crowns that support the bridge may detach. In this case, Dr. Zwier can recement them.
How do you clean under a dental bridge?
Patients should clean the gums under a dental bridge by using a floss threader.
How long after a bridge can I eat?
The recovery time after receiving a dental bridge is relatively short. Minor pain will subside within a few days, and eating can take some time to get used to. Until then, stick to soft foods cut into small pieces.