Dental bridges, as the name suggests, fill the gap between the teeth and restore the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth. It is a prosthetic tooth, often referred to as pontic, that is clenched with two or more anchoring teeth called abutment teeth. Since dental bridges are made from tooth-colored material, they stay absolutely indistinguishable from the adjoining natural teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
To get a dental bridge, you need to have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. A dental bridge addresses lots of changes like:
- Restores the smile of the individual
- Helps to bite and chew food properly
- Corrects speech and pronunciation
- Assists in maintaining the actual shape of your jaws and face
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting into the empty space
- Provides relief from pain by avoiding excessive stress being applied to your teeth and jaw
Dental Bridge Types
Traditional Dental Bridge
It is the most commonly used dental bridge. It is applied when there are natural teeth on both sides of the gap, and it is held in place by dental crowns on either side.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
A cantilever bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth on the side of the gap, and the pontic is held by the dental crown cemented to only one abutment tooth.
Maryland Dental Bridge
Maryland bridges are used when there are natural abutment teeth on both sides of the gap. It uses a metal or porcelain framework fixed on the back of the abutment teeth.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
In implant-supported bridges, implants placed in the jawbone hold the bridge in position. For this purpose, one implant is required for each missing tooth. If that is not possible, the pontic is adjourned between two implant-supported dental crowns.
Process for getting a dental bridge
The procedure for getting a dental bridge demands at least two appointments with your dentist.
First visit to the dentist: During your first visit, the dentist will remove a thin layer of the enamel and dentin, making space for the crown. Then the dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth and send them to the dental laboratory to fabricate your bridge. Until then, we may place a temporary bridge to safeguard the prepared areas.
Second visit to the dentist: During your second visit, the dentist will replace the temporary bridge with the permanent one. Once the contour and fit of the bridge are finalized, we will bond it firmly onto the tooth using dental adhesives and take a bite test to ensure a suitable fit.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Chesterfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Hawatmeh. Please call us at (314) 576-4462 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.