If any of your teeth are missing, our dentist may recommend a bridge to fill the space. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that have been cemented into place using the neighboring teeth for support. Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used by Dr. Mark A. Osenieks may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. Our team will help you choose a material based on the strength and esthetic of each.
It is important that Dr. Mark A. Osenieks replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift into the open space, affecting your bite and changing the forces in your mouth. When left untreated, this may eventually escalate into problems with your jaw. For a dental bridge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our dentist will first take a detailed impression of your mouth. This helps us create an accurate replacement for the missing teeth and match the appearance of your natural teeth. The teeth are then prepared and fitted with a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being fabricated at a dental lab. Once finished, you will return to our office so the permanent bridge can be affixed.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about bridges and how they can repair your smile.