About Dental Bridges
Tooth loss can affect proper function including eating, speech, and the alignment of other teeth. Not replacing a missing tooth can cause the loss of other teeth, affecting the patient's health even further. A dental bridge (sometimes known as partial dentures) is one of the options to correct a missing tooth or teeth. A dental bridge attaches the restorative teeth (bridge) to the natural teeth on either side of the gap. This bridge acts as the new teeth, closing the gap and restoring the patient's smile and mouth functions. There are 3 main types of bridges and board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho can create each of these at his Traverse City dental office, Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain teeth supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth. Some Maryland bridges are now made of all porcelain for better esthetics.
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"I have been seeing Dr. Phil Yancho for 30 years. Yes I am old. I've had a lot of dentists as well because our family has moved a lot. I would recommend Phil highly to anyone that wants a professional, kind and honest dentist.You will be glad you gave him a try!"- J.B. / Yelp / Jul 23, 2017
"Went in for a few fillings today. Not only did I not feel Dr. Yancho administer the numbing shot, but I actually dozed off a few times while getting the filling. It was by far the best dentist/filling expirence I've had by far!!"- I.W. / Healthgrades / Jul 19, 2017
"I have been going to Dr. Yancho bi-annually for 18 years. And it's not just me. My entire family has been going to him throughout the years for a wide spectrum of dental issues. He is easily the best dentist I have ever had. His whole practice is extremely friendly and professional. I would give the practice 10 stars if I could. It's a shame that I no longer live in Traverse City and it's hard for me to get back for my 6 month cleanings. Regardless, Dr. Yancho referred me to a website for NY-based licensed dentists. Nothing beats the best though."- A.Z. / Yelp / Jun 01, 2017
"I have been a lifelong dental phobe cursed with problem teeth. It took me 8 years in California to find a dentist I was comfortable with and trusted. When we moved to Northern Michigan I was terrified to begin the hunt for a great dentist again but the tooth gods smiled down on me two years ago and I found Dr. Yancho. All those 5 star reviews? Believe them! I have had dental implants, cosmetic restorations, and fillings all performed by him and they were all a walk in the park for me. He is gentle, reassuring, knowledgeable and skillful. The staff is fantastic and seems almost like a family. Visit this practice just once and you will never want to see anyone else, I guarantee it."- P.D. / Google / Feb 14, 2017
What to Expect
Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least 2 appointments at the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, the dentist will place a temporary bridge over the patient’s teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to the dentist’s office, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. The dentist will check and adjust the bridge to give the patient their best fit, but the patient may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite re-checked.
Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home came and regular exams and cleanings by the dentist. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with their dentist to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.
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Fix Smile Gaps
If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call our office to schedule a consultation and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Your dentist can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and give you a healthier mouth.