Dental bridges literally bridge the gap caused by one or more missing teeth — as one or more artificial teeth are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support.

The dental crowns and false tooth are all part of one dental restoration to fill the gap in your smile. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or even dental implants. Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used for dental bridges can be made to match your natural tooth color.

Our dental bridge dentists will use a bridge to replace the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. A dental bridge usually consists of a false tooth held in place by two anchoring teeth capped with dental crowns.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. Teeth are held in place by tooth roots and surrounding teeth. If not treated as soon as possible, the teeth surrounding the gap will begin to shift toward the empty space and may even lead to further tooth loss.

Dr. John M. McMahon DDS and Dr. John F. McMahon DDSwill be able to explain the pros and cons of dental bridges so you can make an informed decision for your smile. To schedule your appointment with one of our Jenison dentists, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.