Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap - these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth - and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
You might need a dental bridge if you have a missing tooth or teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
Here are four types of dental bridges that our team of dentists may recommend:
Traditional Dental Bridges are the most popular kind of bridge. These bridges consist of one or more pontics (fake teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are also called abutments, and they are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth.
Cantilever Bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are very similar to traditional bridges, but the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side, rather than on both sides. So if there's only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured.
Maryland Bridges are considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges. These bridges consist of a pontic that’s held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Since this type of bridge isn't held in place by crowns, the adjacent teeth don't need to be filed.
Implant-Supported Bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They can be used when you have more than one tooth missing. Instead of being supported by crowns these bridges are supported by dental implants.
ALERIS SALEM DENTAL CENTER can help you find the type of dental bridges that best fits your needs and goals.
Dental bridges typically require two dental appointments.
During the first visit our team of dentists will prepare your teeth for placement. Depending on the type of bridge, the dentist may remove a small amount of tooth structure from the teeth that will support the bridge. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the dental laboratory that will create your bridge.
Once your bridge is ready, you will return to our office for placement. Our dentist will make adjustments to your bridge as needed to ensure the perfect fit and feel. Your bridge will be bonded into place, and then buffed and polished for a seamless finish.
Bridges can last for many years if they are cared for properly. Follow these tips for good oral health: brush your teeth twice a day, always clean between your teeth and under the bridge, eat a healthy diet, see the dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings.
Our professional team help you restore optimal function and appearance to your smile with a dental bridge. For more information about dental bridges, please schedule a consultation. Contact ALERIS SALEM DENTAL CENTER by calling or emailing our office today.