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By Anderson Dental
October 11, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
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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.

By Anderson Dental
February 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If you live in Fargo, ND, and have ever wondered how a dental bridge can help you, now is a good time to talk to Dr. Jon Anderson or Dr. dental bridgesBrad Anderson at Anderson Dental Center.

Maybe you have lost a couple of teeth over time. Maybe you have suffered some trauma, like an accident or injury that has caused a gap in your smile. Fortunately, there are options available for people in Fargo who have suffered tooth loss or might be facing tooth loss. One of the most common – and most successful – fixes, according to the American Dental Association, is a dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth or teeth attached to two existing teeth. The prosthetic device literally “bridges” the gap or space where the missing tooth or teeth used to be.

There are a couple of different types of bridges:

  • In a fixed bridge procedure, your Fargo dentist attaches a prosthetic tooth or teeth between two existing teeth that serve as anchors. The dentist may need to remove some enamel by grinding or filing down the two anchor teeth in order to attach the bridge. This is considered a permanent procedure because only your dentist can remove the bridge.
  • An implant bridge is also a permanent procedure. In this procedure, the dentist would install two implants directly into your jawbone; these two prosthetic devices serve as the anchors for your bridge.
  • A removable bridge is actually a partial denture made specifically for you. It can be taken in and out by you as you see fit.

Most bridges are made from ceramic, porcelain, metal alloys, or some combination of these materials. Your dentist will help you decide what is best for your needs.

The important thing to remember, however, is that you don’t have to continue living with tooth loss. A dental bridge can help restore your smile and, with it, your self-esteem.

If you are seeking a qualified dentist in Fargo, ND, or you are seeking more information as to how a dental bridge can help you, contact Dr. Jon Anderson or Dr. Brad Anderson at Anderson Dental Center. Call (701) 232-1368 to make an appointment today.