Missing teeth not only create cosmetic issues with your smile, they also can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated. You may experience difficulty chewing without a full set of teeth and leave you prone to bacteria and decay. In some cases, neighboring teeth may shift to fill in your missing teeth gap, creating alignment issues with your bite.
At Modern Dentistry Associates, we create dental bridges that are metal-free whenever possible. We use advanced materials that are safe, comfortable, and produce results that closely resemble real teeth.
The dental bridge is composed of two dental crowns placed on the teeth on each side of the gap and a false tooth, called a pontic, to fill the gap. Your dental bridge can either be supported by your remaining natural teeth or by dental implants.
Your dental bridge can be placed in just two short visits to our St. Joseph dental office. During your first visit, Dr. Erickson prepares the anchoring teeth (the teeth that neighbor the missing tooth). A digital impression is taken of the 3-tooth space, and the mold is sent to our dental lab for the creation of your crowns and false tooth. While the new bridge is being crafted, you will wear a temporary dental bridge.
Once the permanent fixture is ready, we will call you back for your placement appointment. The final restoration comes as one piece, with the false tooth suspended between the two crowns. Dr. Erickson gently fits the two crowns over the anchoring teeth, adjusts them for maximum comfort and a proper bite, and bonds them into place.