Why You Should Consider a Dental Bridge
For a permanent solution to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth, consider a dental bridge. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns designed to fit over the teeth on either side of the gap, referred to as anchoring or abutment teeth. The tooth between the anchoring teeth is a pontic. This is a false tooth that fills the void left by a missing tooth. The pontic can be made from a variety of materials including gold, alloys, or porcelain. They are designed to last for 10 or more years. Here, we explore the benefits of a dental bridge and why it may be the right choice for you.
Why Should You Get a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a cost-effective restoration option that offers a variety of benefits such as:
- Smile restoration
- The ability to chew properly
- Maintenance of jaw shape
- Even distribution of force when you bite
- Stabilization of nearby teeth
What Type of Dental Bridge is Right for You?
There is no one-size-fits-all dental bridge. Each bridge is tailored to the needs of the patient. There are three types of dental bridges available.
This type of bridge is used when anchor teeth are only available on one side of the patient’s missing tooth or teeth. These dental bridges are rarely used in modern dentistry, but they are a viable option for some patients.
The traditional bridge is most common. It involves creating a crown to fit teeth on either side of the missing tooth and a pontic to fill the space between. These bridges are typically made of porcelain and fused to metal or ceramics to ensure their longevity.
- Maryland bonded
Often referred to as a resin-bonded bridge, Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain or plastic teeth and gums supported by a framework of metal or porcelain. They can also be made from porcelain and fused to metal. These bridges have metal or porcelain wings that attach to existing teeth on each side of the bridge.
What Does Getting A Dental Bridge Entail?
First, the abutment teeth are prepared. They are contoured and a portion of enamel is removed to make it easier for a crown to fit over them.
Next, dental impressions are made. Those are sent to a lab where the bridge, pontic, and crowns are crafted. While the permanent bridge is being made, patients are fitted with a temporary bridge to protect their exposed teeth and gum.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed. The dentist inspects the permanent bridge and makes necessary adjustments for a proper fit. Multiple visits may be necessary as the dentist works to ensure the fit of the metal framework and the bite are correct before cementing the bridge in place.
A dental bridge is worth the investment as it will enable you to enjoy the foods you love, improve your smile, and even boost your confidence.