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 a Maryland bridge, something I have been stuck with since I was a teenager because I was born without my lateral incisors. I had a great dentist in PA, but over the years in Petoskey, MI - I failed to find one that I felt comfortable with and/or had confidence in while working on my bridge. I did some research and stumbled upon Dr. Yancho and his crew. My first appointment last spring was amazing. Everyone was so kind. I could NOT be more happy, so much so, that I ended up sticking with Dr. Yancho and his team for my cleanings. Even though I do not have a lot of money as I struggle to get through my final years in school, they treat me like I am equally as important. Allie took the time to figure out payment options for some cavity work, and never made me feel bad for it. I felt my bridge faltering last week, so I e-mailed the office that night and received an immediate response from Dr. Yancho and a call from Denise first thing the next morning. She got me in less than a week later. Then, as I was brushing my teeth last night, the whole thing fell out. I called Denise and without any question, got me in today. I had some bad experiences with my bridge work - today...my anxiety was completely quashed. Dr. Yancho did a fantastic job! He explains everything he is doing, why he is doing it and even stopped to make sure what he was doing was the best option for me. Plus, he makes sure at every step I was not uncomfortable. From Denise, to Allie, Rachel, Erin, and Melanie - I cannot be more thankful for making me feel so comfortable. The 90 minute drive to see all of you is absolutely worth it. It is rare to find so many fantastic team players in one place."- C.B. / Google / Dec 05, 2019
"I have had dental issues my entire life. Dr. Yancho is by far the best dentist I have ever encountered. His practice is guided by what he feels is best for the patient, not predicated by insurance dictates or any third party interests. I was there yesterday and he rebuilt a badly damaged tooth. It looks perfect - I cannot believe how beautiful it looks and how good it feels. I'm 71 and only wish I had encountered him earlier in my life. An absolutely amazing exceptional dentist. I recommend him unreservedly."- S.Q. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2019
"Dr Yancho and his staff are the best ! He helped me with an emergent situation when I had a 'hot' tooth and came in his office to fix it himself!! Dr Yancho is a warm, welcoming person who is very knowledgeable, adept in his field and promotes education for dental students and his patients. He has helped veterans like me tremendously over the years. Much gratitude for him! Best dental practice in Northern MI. !!! I highly recommend him!! He absolutely is the BEST!!!"- N.J. / Facebook / Jun 12, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his staff are caring and knowledgeable. I have a fear of needles when it comes to my mouth. Dr. Yancho has developed an amazing painless injection technique.Even if I move away from Traverse City, I will continue to return to him for my dental."- P.G. / Google / Jun 05, 2019
What to Expect with Dental Bridges
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 Treatment Aftercare
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.