Dental Bridges in Longview and Battle Ground, WA
One of the options you have for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically using the two healthy neighboring teeth for support, hence the name “bridge.” Dental bridges are as much an art form as it is an exact science. There are various materials that can be used, but in our office, we use a metal-free, tooth-colored porcelain material that is strong. It is important that a missing tooth is replaced as soon as possible for several reasons: If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and with one missing, they start to shift. As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ.