Missing a tooth or two? A dental bridge may be the solution you have been looking for. These tooth replacements literally bridge the gap between your remaining teeth by bonding a combination of dental crowns and false teeth in place. The crowns attach to your teeth, holding the “bridge” of false teeth between them. Our bridges are crafted of Zirconia for incredible strength and beauty.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of materials.
- Bridges can restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Maintain the shape of your face
What Types Of Dental Bridges Are Available?
Typically there are three main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Bridges – these involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth that has a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type and are either made out or porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever Bridges – these are only used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. These types of bridges are not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the month due to the force on other teeth.
- Maryland Bonded Bridges – these are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or plastic teeth and gums.
What is the process for getting a bridge?
During your first visit to one of our six locations, your abutment teeth are prepared. Typical preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made in a dental lab. Then one of our doctors will make a temporary bridge to wear protecting the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made. Your next visit your temporary bridge will be removed and new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted as needed.
How do I care for a bridge?
It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing and using mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.