If you’ve recently lost a tooth, our dentists in Cascade and Grand Haven may suggest a dental bridge to repair your smile. To be a candidate, you must have healthy natural teeth or dental implants on both sides of the empty socket. A tooth bridge is comprised of an artificial tooth secured by crowns on adjacent teeth. Like the name suggests, a dental bridge “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth.
A dental bridge can:
- Repair your smile after losing a tooth
- Prevent further tooth loss
- Maintain your face shape
- Improve chewing
- Improve speech
During your first appointment with us, our dentist will need to remove enamel from teeth on both sides of the empty socket. We do this to make room for the dental crowns to sit on top of your teeth. Next, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth to send to the lab where your tooth bridge will be made. In the meantime, we’ll place a temporary bridge to protect your smile.
When you return to our office, your tooth bridge will be ready. Our dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one. We may wait several weeks to cement the tooth bridge so we can be sure of the fit. If this is the case, we’ll ask you to return to our office multiple times to check the dental bridge.
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Our West Michigan family dentists provide quality dental care to patients of all ages. With five convenient West Michigan locations, we have the capability of handling all of your family's dental needs. Call MI Smiles Dental Grand Haven at (616) 842-1188, MI Smiles Dental Cascade at (616) 974-4990, MI Smiles Comstock Park at (616) 784-3515, or MI Smiles Grand Rapids at (616) 942-2870 today, or schedule your appointment online.