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Bridges

Herriman Dental Bridges - Dental bridges are an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth and takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a dental bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Dental bridge work is as much of an art as it is a science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating an entire chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support and, with one missing, they start to “fall”. As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually results in problems with the entire jaw, for example, TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes another serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.