A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best option for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Fill space of missing teeth.
Maintain facial shape.
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Restore chewing and speaking ability.
Restore your smile.
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, two anchoring teeth are prepared and highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Candidate for a crown or bridge
You may be a candidate for a dental bridge if you are looking to restore a missing tooth surrounded by mostly healthy teeth. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for a dental crown or bridge, schedule a consultation with your trusted Apple Dental Care office today!
Types of Dental bridges
There are four different types of dental bridges to choose from. The first type of dental bridge is a traditional bridge. This bridge consists of two dental crowns on either side of a fake tooth or, pontic. This is one of the most commonly used types of bridges.
Another type of bridge is the Cantilever bridge. This type of bridge only has a dental crown on one side of the fake tooth. Because of this it is not very commonly used.
There is also the Maryland bonded bridge. A Maryland bonded bridge uses a wire framework to stabilize the fake tooth instead of dental crowns. This framework is usually cemented to the backside of the surrounding teeth and is not immediately visible.
The final type of dental bridge is an implant-supported dental bridge. An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to anchor the bridge in place and can be used to restore multiple adjacent missing teeth.