The Benefits of Dental Bridges

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About Dr. Peter Zwier

For over 30 years, Dr. Peter J. Zwier has been providing a broad range of general and cosmetic dental services to Grand Rapids, meeting the needs of your whole family in one convenient location. Your oral health is extremely important to your body’s wellbeing, and a beautiful smile is a wonderful asset at any age.

Patients who have lost one or more teeth will often find that their dentist will suggest a dental bridge to correct the problem. Dental bridges work to bridge the gap between these missing teeth. Bridges are important because they prevent many dental issues that can lead to tooth decay. Read on to learn about the other benefits dental bridges can provide.


Without dental bridges, gaps of missing teeth can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and even change the shape of your face. Dental implants can also help prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position, restoring your smile to its natural, beautiful state.

Types of Dental Bridges

The two teeth on each side of the gap are called abutment teeth, which help to support the bridge. There are actually three main types of dental bridges used today:

  • Traditional Bridges- These bridges involve the use of a crown for the missing tooth, or a bridge made of implants and a pontic in between. These are the most common type of bridge used. They can be made out of porcelain and metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever Bridges- These bridges are used when adjacent teeth are on only one side of the missing tooth. This is an uncommon form of bridge, and is not used in the back of the mouth where force can damage them.
  • Maryland Bonded Bridges- These types of bridges are created with metal or porcelain wings on one side of the bridge that are bonded to your natural teeth.

No matter which type of bridge is required to correct your missing teeth, Dr. Zwier and staff will provide you with the highest level of care, putting your comfort at the top of the list.

If you are located in the Grand Rapids area and are interested in dental bridges, contact Dr. Zwier today at 616-682-7271 to schedule an appointment.