When one or more missing teeth must be replaced, the dentist will likely recommend a “bridge.” This prosthetic device is made of artificial teeth that are fused to a metal frame. This is held in place on either side by virtue of attachment to implants or healthy teeth that are outfitted with crowns. The anchoring teeth are called “abutments,” while the replacement crowns between them are known as “pontics,” which can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. In some cases, a “Maryland bridge” may be used to replace a single tooth. This type of bridge attaches to teeth on either side with metal strips that are bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
Dental bridges restore your smile and your ability to properly chew and speak. They also maintain the shape of your face. To schedule an appointment, please call West Brookfield Dental at 508-867-2777. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, we would love to welcome you to our office as a new patient. We offer early morning and early evening appointments to serve your busy schedule. Our office is located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. An alternative to the Maryland bridge is an Encore bridge, which is made entirely of tooth-colored materials.