When a dentist creates a bridge, they close a gap in your teeth by inserting one or more false teeth. The false tooth or teeth are supported on either side by crowns that fit over your existing healthy teeth to keep the false tooth in place. Most dental bridges are made of porcelain, so they blend in naturally with your other teeth, although you can have a bridge made of other materials such as metal, if you prefer.
There are four basic types of dental bridges, and the type you get will depend on what the dental bridge is for and your specific treatment plan. They include:
- Traditional bridges — One or more false teeth is held in place by dental crowns on either side that cover your existing teeth. This is the most common type of dental bridge.
- Cantilever bridges — A false tooth with a crown attaches to only one adjacent tooth. The advantage of this type of bridge is that it only requires one healthy tooth next to the missing tooth.
- Maryland bridges — One or more false teeth attach to adjacent teeth using metal or porcelain on the back of the teeth instead of a crown.
- Implant-supported bridges — Dental implants rather than crowns on your existing teeth support the bridge. This usually requires two procedures, one to secure the implants and a later one to place the bridge.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a common replacement for a missing tooth. Missing teeth can cause significant long-term oral health and other consequences, including:
- Difficulty chewing food that leads to nutritional deficiencies
- A sunken appearance in your cheeks
- Self-consciousness about smiling or speaking
- Difficulty speaking properly and pronouncing words
- Excess force on your surrounding teeth that have to work harder when you eat and chew
- Healthy teeth that move out of position
Getting dental bridges is a relatively simple procedure often covered by insurance plans. They are generally durable and can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years if you care for them properly and practice good oral hygiene. There are also other options for missing teeth that have become common in recent years, such as dental implants, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about all your options so you can decide which is best for you.
Visit Young Family Dental Today
If you are missing one or more teeth and want to know what your options are to repair your smile and restore function in your mouth, schedule an appointment at one of our five Young Family Dental clinics in West Jordan, Riverton, American Fork, Saratoga Springs or Orem today. Our general and cosmetic dentists can provide you with information about the benefits of dental bridges, as well as other available options to replace missing teeth.
- Misha Foreman
I am giving Young Family Dental in West Jordan 5 stars because of the wonderful service I received. It began from the moment I walked through the door. The girls at the front desk welcomed me right away and I was almost immediately called back. I was nervous due to it being my first visit and I hate going to the dentist but everyone was very friendly and really put me at ease. They took x-rays which was quick and painless as was the actual dental exam. They answered all my questions and never made me feel like a bother. The whole process took approximately 30 minutes and I was out the door with a smile on my face. THANK YOU! Young Family Dental. I will definitely be returning for any future dental needs!6/25/2021
- Alex lemus
I got a cleaning done today with Monica the hygienist. She had a light hand and was super nice! She gave me a couple tips to keep my hygiene great . I appreciate her giving me tips on how to floss better as well! Will be coming back in 6 months with her for sure!5/20/2021
- Rachelle Ross
Monica was great. Kind, gentle and informative. This was my first visit and I will for sure be back.5/20/2021
- Michelle Fordham
I’m deeply terrified of going to the dentist and have put off treatment because of my fears. This was my first time at Young Family Dental in West Jordan and they treated me with kindness and concern. Orchid was so helpful in explaining the process and things she was doing during my visit. And Dr Workman took the time to talk with me and ease my fear during my exam. I will definitely come back and refer my friends to this amazing office. Thank you so much for easing my fears and helping me get my dental health back on track!12/04/2020
- Kenneth Koeller
Great staff, great experience. Will be coming back.11/23/2020
- Jazmine Tripp
Orchid was amazingly informational! Great dentist. I recommend!11/20/2020
- Jason McGee
Had a great experience. Orchid took great care of me and was super friendly. The cleaning was painless and Shelley did a great job explaining everything to me. It was great to see them measure all of my gums and discuss that with me.I needed a small filling repaired and they were able to do it sameday. Great service. All the staff was super friendly.11/20/2020
- Michael Pakofe
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- David Fowers
My dental hygienist, Shelley, yesterday was amazing!!! Keep up the great work with your fantastic employees, Young Dental West Jordan!!11/10/2020
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Shelley was amazing !It was nice coming back to an amazing staff and an great fresh deep cleaning.☺️😀11/10/2020
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Alyssa is really good at keeping me company and making sure I have my questions answered and helps me feel comfortable and making sure I’m good and just love the energy too11/03/2020
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They are truly amazing here and all the staff is so friendly they were able to get me in quickly and resolve everything Thank you!!11/03/2020
- Susan Reeves
Excellent patient care.11/03/2020
- Jordan Johnson
Great staff and great providers!11/03/2020
- andres sanchez
Good place to do the cleaning and the doctor are really good and kinds, Shelly she is really good I highly recommend it. Thanks.11/03/2020
“These guys are awesome! I had a tooth break on a Friday afternoon and they got me in right away! I’ve since seen 3 different dentists there and have no complaints. The office staff is incredible and friendly. I still am not a huge fan of going to the dentist, but this office has really helped alleviate my fears and dental anxiety. I would recommend them to anyone.”
I’ve known Dr. Chris for over 10 years, and my experience with him has been awesome. I got Invisalign with him to straighten my teeth, and it was incredible to have straight teeth! It was great, too, that I was an adult and I didn’t have to walk around with braces like a teenage weirdo. Chris and YFD are excellent, I highly recommend them.
Anne Marie Gross referred me to your office and has had nothing but great things to say about you! I am looking forward to scheduling an appointment soon!
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I took both my 8 year old and 3 year old daughters there, and it was great experience from beginning to end. It was the first time for my 3 year old (don’t judge me ?) Jacqueline was great at making it a fun experience for her. Jessica helped take care of my 8 year old who had some infection on a tooth she had worked on a while ago. And the dentist was great too. Overall, everyone was friendly, everything was clean, and at the end I had a credit on my account that I didn’t know was there which was an added bonus.
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