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Have you ever met someone with a gap in their smile? Similarly, have you ever had a gap in your own teeth—specifically caused by missing teeth? If you do have a missing tooth, have you ever wondered what you should do to solve your issue—or if the issue is even worth solving? Sadly, if you’re missing a tooth, and you don’t resolve the problem, you may have to deal with another variety of issues. Fortunately, you can avoid these problems with a restoration like a dental crown.

A traditional bridge has at least one artificial tooth, known as pontics, but can consist of as many as three pontics. These pontics are held in place by the natural teeth on either side of your bridge. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge, ultimately holding it in place.

The process of getting a bridge sometimes takes two different dental appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will prepare your natural teeth—which are known as abutment teeth—to support bridges. During your second appointment, your bridge will be cemented into place.

However, depending on your unique circumstances, our team may recommend a different type of bridge. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used if you only have one natural tooth that can be used as an anchor available. Similarly, our dentist could recommend a bonded bridge, which requires less preparation.

If you are missing teeth, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to issues in your mouth, such as shifted teeth, a bad bite, TMJ disorder, and gum disease.

If you have missing teeth, please contact us soon. Our dentist, Dr. Alberto A. Herrero, and our team will assess your smile and recommend a treatment plan unique to you. We will able answer any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call Alberto A. Herrero, DDS at 734-222-9140. We are eager to receive your call.