Dental Bridges are a common procedure here at South Charlotte Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. If you have a gap in-between a few teeth, dental bridges are the way to conquer the space by literally bridging the area formed by missing teeth. This is an easy and very common treatment that is affordable and painless. South Charlotte Dentistry has several different types and ways to close the gap with dental bridges. Dr. Wells and his team would love to help you figure out which method is best for you.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is an easy treatment to fill the space of missing teeth. The dental bridge is paired with one or more artificial teeth that are held together with dental crowns. The artificial teeth are most often created using porcelain to create an aesthetic look. They can also be created using gold or sliver amalgam.
Why Dental Bridges Are Important
Well of course, Dental Bridges help create the perfect smile! With new artificial teeth that replace missing teeth, your smile will feel complete. Having a smile to be proud of is so important and can help build confidence and make you smile more often. Dental bridges have numerous benefits apart from just a pretty look though, they can help keep your mouth healthy and prevent future conditions. Having dental bridges helps reestablish the ability to chew food and speak correctly. The dental bridges can also help maintain a person’s facial structure. Another great benefit is that having dental bridges protect teeth from drifting out of position.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several different types of dental bridges that work differently and accommodate the needs of different people. There are four main types of dental bridges that are preformed at South Charlotte Dentistry.
|Traditional Bridges||With traditional bridges, a crown is created for the tooth or implant on the sides of the missing teeth. These crowns go straight over the teeth. The traditional bridge is the most common type of dental bridge. It is created with porcelain that is fused to metal or ceramics.|
|Cantilever Bridges||A Cantilever bridge is used when there are only teeth on one side of the missing tooth. A crown is placed on one adjacent tooth and will support the entire frame, normally two pontics. This is a rare form of dental bridges and it is advised to take caution, especially if the procedure is in the rear of the mouth. It can cause too much pressure on other teeth leading to damage. Although, in some causes this is the best option to assure tooth heath.|
|Maryland Bonded Bridges||A Maryland Bonded Bridges is also called resin-bonded bridge. This type of bridge is made with porcelain, porcelain with metal, or plastic. These are all gum supported by metal or porcelain framework. The metal or porcelain wings are most often bonded to only one side of the bridge on existing teeth. This procedure is very easy and effective; it uses minimal alterations of the surrounding teeth. The Maryland Bonded Bridge is most often used to replace one missing tooth but can replace more.|
|Removable bridges are not very common but can work well for many people. This form of dental bridge is much like a partial denture. The removable bridge is custom made to fit the individual smile. They have a plastic base that is gum colored. This attaches to teeth with a small metal clasps or accuracy attachment. This form of dental bridge is the most cost effective and cost significantly less than other forms. Although this dental bridge does not have the same quality and really feel that other forms can provide.|
The Process for Getting Dental Bridges
|Meet with Dr. Wells
The first step is meeting with doctor Wells to discuss your options and see which type of dental bridge will work best for you.
During your next visit the teeth will need to be prepared. This involves removing a small bit of the enamel to accommodate room for the crowns.
Next teeth impressions are gathered and served as models. This is the model that will shape the bridge, Pontic, and crowns that will be made in the lab.
|Check Fitting of Bridge
Next the new bridge will be checked and fitted in the mouth. The bridge will then be adjusted as necessary for proper fitting.
|The Bridge is Cemented
After establishing the correct fitting, the bridge is cemented into place.
Crown-Supported Bridges VS. Implant- Supported Bridges
The most common bridge is supported by crowns. This is a very easy process that can be done in as little as two visits. The crown-supported bridge is used to secure one to three pontics that will fill the missing teeth gap. This process does not involve any lengthy treatment or recovery making it convenient. Although this is an easy procedure that is very effective, it will weaken the teeth supporting the restoration. This type of support will also be less likely to prevent jawbone degeneration.
The alternative to getting crown supported bridges is implant-supported bridges. The implants will become a tooth root. These are heavy-duty and stable and make a good foundation for bridges. The disadvantage to implants is that they require oral surgery. This means a long procedure and a long recovery. Dental implants are also a bit costly. However, the long-term advantages are countlessly worth the treatment. Implants are very stable and never move out of position. Implants also last for a lifetime, where crowns may have to be replaced. Finally, dental implants benefit the jaw by preventing jawbone degeneration.
How to Take Care of Dental Bridges?
After receiving dental bridges, it is important to get them clean and healthy. You want to make sure your teeth stay health and stable to keep your smile glowing. There are a few things that are extremely important to do after getting implant, to ensure healthy teeth. Here are some ways too help:
- Brushing twice daily
- Use antiseptic mouthwash
- Routine dental cleaning
- Eating balanced diet
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