Dental Bridges
Ypsilanti, MI


If you are missing one or more teeth, you should consider receiving a dental bridge as a solution. A dental bridge is a restoration that helps fill in the gap between existing teeth and missing teeth. Dental bridges are typically supported by existing teeth, but sometimes we will use dental implants (small titanium screws), as the support component. There are several types of bridges to consider, and the procedures for most, are fairly simple.

Types of Bridges


Diagram of a dental bridge from dentist office in Ypsilanti, MI.There are four types of bridges:

•  A traditional bridge utilizes dental crowns to support pontics, or fake teeth, that fill the gap left by missing teeth. To prep the abutments or support teeth, we must reshape and strip them of their enamel. We then cap the reshaped teeth with dental crowns. This treatment is ideal for patients who have teeth compromised by decay or structural damage that can be used as abutments. This typically takes two office visits, and you will be given a temporary bridge to the final bridge is being fabricated.

•  If you are looking for a solution that is a little more cost effective, you should consider Maryland bonded bridges. This involves a framework made of metal or porcelain that is then bonded to the back of existing teeth. To receive a Maryland bridge, your surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to support the framework.

•  A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge in that it involves the use of a crown as an abutment. However, this technique only requires the use of one crown, making it less invasive than a traditional bridge. These bridges are typically used when the patient is only missing one tooth. They are ideal for certain posterior teeth, (such as your premolars), and certain anterior teeth (such as your incisors).

•  Implant supported bridges are used primarily for those who are missing more than one tooth, or for patients with surrounding teeth damaged beyond the point of a crown. Implant bridges require a more intensive procedure but often provide more stability and longevity than a traditional bridge. This takes several visits to complete and two oral surgeries. We will need to make incisions in the gums to place your implants and eventually your abutments.

Regardless of which bridge you receive, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and take the necessary steps to protect your bridge. Make sure to use specialized hygiene tools if needed and your bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, sometimes even longer.

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Leaving the area of an extracted or missing tooth unrestored can cause serious damage. Your surrounding teeth will begin to compensate for the gap, affecting your bite and smile. You may also see bone deterioration in the jaw near the area in question, jeopardizing your chances of receiving future dental implants. If you are missing one or more teeth, contact us at (734) 480-8818 and Van Alstine Family Dentistry will be happy to help you restore your smile!

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Do you have questions? We welcome your phone calls and invite you to join our dental family. We are here to assist you on, or to get started on your journey toward a healthy, confident smile at our dental practice in Ypsilanti, MI. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (734) 480-8818 or fill out our online appointment request form.
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Location: 1900 Packard Rd Ypsilanti, MI 48197-1866
Call: (734) 480-8818

DIRECTIONS


Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you arrive safely:
•  When using GPS to find us be sure to enter Ypsilanti, there is a 1900 Packard not too far from us in Ann Arbor as well.
•  Turn onto Kewanee Rd off of Packard Rd. Then turn left into the parking lot below our building. You can park anywhere.
•  The entrance to the building is on the south side (facing Packard Rd) on the same level as the parking lot.
•  Once you enter, walk to the top of the stairs and turn right. We are the first office you come to with the big glass door. Please come in and let the receptionist know you are here.
•  If you are unable to use the stairs, please call us and we will be happy to help you access the ramp into the building.
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