Dental Bridges

What are Dental Bridges?

dental_bridge1Dental bridges are aptly named since they are literally a bridge between one or more missing teeth. Two or more dental crowns support the dental bridge, and they are placed on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. The supporting or anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth. The false tooth, or teeth, are suspended in between them. These false teeth are referred to as pontics. Pontics can be made from a variety of materials including gold, an alloy, porcelain, or a combination of them. Dental implants can also be used to support a bridge.

Why Get a Dental Bridge?

There are several benefits to getting a dental bridge. They can help restore your smile, and your ability to speak and chew in a proper manner. They can help to maintain the shape of your face, and prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position, causing even more problems.

What Types of Dental Bridges are Available?

There are three types of dental bridges that your dentist may suggest. They are:

Traditional Bridge

dental_bridgeThis procedure involves making a crown for the tooth (or implant) on each side of the empty space, and a pontic in between. This is by far the most common type of dental bridge used by dentists today, and are most often porcelain fused to either metal or ceramics.

Cantilever Bridges

This type of dental bridge is used when there are adjacent missing teeth on one side. It is not a commonly used dental bridge and is not used in the back of the mouth, as it can put too much pressure on other teeth resulting in more damage to them.

Maryland Bonded Bridges

This type of dental bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge. It is most often made from porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums that are supported by porcelain or metal.

What Is Involved In Getting A Dental Bridge?

During the initial visit with a dentist, the abutment teeth will be prepared. Impressions of the teeth will be made, and they serve as a model that will be used to make the bridge, pontic, and crowns. These will be made in a dental lab. You will be fitted with a temporary dental bridge to protect any teeth and gums that are exposed while the dental lab does its work.

On the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the new bridge will be checked closely to ensure a good fit, and adjustments made if needed. It may take several visits to adjust the fit of the metal framework and bite.

Dental bridges will last anywhere from 5 to 15 years, and in some cases even longer. The cost of dental bridges can vary greatly depending on the type of bridge used, and where the procedure is done. Care for a dental bridge requires brushing and flossing just like one should normally do to maintain a healthy mouth and teeth.

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