Are there gaps and spaces between your teeth? Is your smile missing one or more permanent teeth? Ask Dr. Pape or Isle Smile dentists about a dental bridge in Key West, Florida. A dental bridge is an appliance that closes the gaps in your smile caused by missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of a dental crown for the teeth on either side of the gap with a replacement tooth in between. The teeth on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth and they act as anchors for the dental bridge. Our dentists may place a dental bridge to:

• Restore your smile
• Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
• Maintain your face shape
• Properly distribute your bite
• Prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place

The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges. Traditional bridges are made up of dental crowns for the abutment teeth with a replacement tooth in between. Cantilever bridges, which are not used often anymore, are chosen when there is only an abutment tooth on one side of the gap. Maryland bonded bridges consist of replacement teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework; the framework is bonded to your natural teeth.

Feel free to contact Isle Smile today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.