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A dental bridge is an effective way to restore teeth that are missing from your smile. A bridge can do more than enhance your looks. A bridge can help you to speak more clearly and to eat more easily by replacing your missing teeth. The term “bridge” refers to the fact that it literally “bridges the gap” between your teeth. Bridges are made from different materials. Some are made from gold, or an alloy, while many are made from porcelain. Some bridges are made from a composite, or a combination of materials.

Once a bridge is in place, it is anchored to the teeth on each side of the gap to the teeth, jaw, or to the gum tissue. Because the bridge attaches to the teeth, jaw or gums, it’s important that your teeth and gums are in good shape before the procedure starts, and that you maintain good oral health after the bridge has been placed. If the teeth to which the bridge will be anchored are in good shape, a root canal or further dental work will not be needed, but the dentist will need to remove a part of each of those teeth to help the crown fit.

If you are considering a dental bridge to replace the teeth that are missing from your smile, Dr. Eric Thiede at Black Lake Dental would love the chance to talk with you, Contact our office in Olympia, Washington, to schedule an appointment to see if a bridge would be a good fit for you.There are different types of bridges from which to choose and each one has its own advantages. If a bridge is not the best choice for your smile, Dr. Thiede will work with you to find the best option.