Dental Bridges in Jackson, MI
If you have missing teeth, you may look older than you are because teeth support the structures of your mouth and keep your cheeks looking full. However, missing teeth are more than an aesthetic problem.
Missing teeth also cause complications that eventually lead to losing additional teeth. Fortunately, our dentists at Iocca Family Dentistry can prevent these complications by restoring your teeth with dental bridges.
What Bridge Should You Choose?
One of the quickest ways to replace teeth is to have our dentists in Jackson, MI put in a bridge. However, there are three models of bridges near you that our dentists choose from:
A traditional bridge consists of at least one false tooth, called a pontic, which replaces a missing one. Pontics sit in a pink acrylic base with a dental crown on either side of it. The crowns slip over healthy adjacent teeth to support the bridge when you’re tearing off bites of food and chewing them. This bridge model is a fixed bridge because our dentists cement the crowns in place over your teeth.
If there is only one adjacent tooth to support the bridge, it is known as a cantilever bridge. Like the fixed model, the crown on one end fits over a tooth and gets cemented to it. These bridges in Jackson, MI can hold one or several teeth, depending on how many are missing. If you have more than four or six teeth missing in a row, then you may want to consider an implant-supported bridge.
Instead of depending on adjacent teeth to support the bridge, our dentists near you place small implants in the jaw to strengthen it. Like the fixed bridge, the implant-supported bridge can replace one or more teeth. The number of implants that need placing will depend on how many teeth our dentists replace.
If you have missing teeth, call our dentists at Iocca Family Dentistry to schedule an evaluation of them. Our dentists can determine which bridge is best for your needs to bring back a healthy smile to your face.