Dental bridges help restore your whole smile by replacing teeth that are missing. A dental bridge literally bridges the gap between natural teeth by filling in the empty space with artificial teeth called pontics. Once in place, a dental bridge looks and functions like natural teeth. In Fargo, ND, dental bridges are offered at Anderson Dental, where Dr. Jon Anderson and Dr. Brad Anderson can help you restore both function and beauty to your smile.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are often used in conjunction with dental bridges to securely anchor the bridgework in place. In the middle of the bridge are the replacement teeth or pontics. On either side of the pontics are dental crowns. The crowns fit over natural teeth, also referred to as abutment teeth. The function of the crowns is to hold the bridgework so no adhesives are needed. If there is not a natural tooth to place a crown over, then the crown could be attached to a dental implant.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges deliver many benefits beyond replacing missing teeth. They also restore function by providing a full set of teeth for easily biting and chewing food. Many patients also experience a boost in confidence after their smile is restored with bridgework. The experienced dentists at our office in Fargo, ND, can fit you with a dental bridge so you can enjoy a full smile again.
The teeth do more than just help you eat food. For instance, they support the muscles of the face and help guide tongue placement when speaking. By filling the gaps caused by tooth loss, bridges also reduce the side effects that occur when teeth are missing. Additional benefits of having a dental bridge include:
- Preventing the natural teeth from shifting into gaps
- Restoring the natural contours of the face
- Reducing facial sagging and drooping
- Improving speech affected by gaps from tooth loss
- Minimizing excess strain on teeth that were compensating for missing ones
A dental bridge can restore function and beauty to your smile, as well as boost confidence so you want to smile more! For dental bridges in Fargo, ND, schedule a consultation with Drs. Jon or Brad Anderson by calling Anderson Dental at (701) 232-1368.