What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges help bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges have one or more crowns on either side of the gap, and false teeth in-between them. Bridges are supported by natural teeth or by implants, and can restore a patient’s smile. They allow patients to chew and speak easily, and help maintain the shape of a patient’s face. Bridges also prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position.
Types of Dental Bridges:
Traditional Bridge: This type of bridge involves creating a crown or implant on either side of a missing tooth. In-between the crowns are pontics. This is the most common bridge used, and is made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever Bridge: A Cantilever Bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on one side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge is not used much anymore, and is not as common as the other options. Cantilever bridges tend to put too much force on other teeth and the risk of damaging them is too high.
Maryland Bonded Bridge: This type of bridge has metal or porcelain wings that are bonded to the existing teeth. The bridge is made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
What is the process of getting a bridge?
Getting a dental bridge takes multiple appointments in our office. During the first appointment the abutment teeth are prepared. We remove the enamel and allow room for the crown to be placed. Dental impressions are taken and used to make the bridge in the lab. We do provide a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent bridge to be ready.
During the second visit your new bridge will be fit and adjusted. For fixed bridges, the bridge will be cemented into place, and we will ensure the bridge fits snug and comfortable in the mouth.
We do recommend patients use good oral hygiene habits at home caring for their bridge. Brushing and flossing daily is recommended. When flossing we encourage patients to carefully move floss around your bridge to remove plaque. Use a fluoride rinse daily, and schedule your regular dental cleaning with our office to help keep your teeth healthy and feeling great.
If you are interested in finding out more about bridges and how they may benefit you, contact our office to schedule your appointment.