Bridges connect the gap left behind by a missing tooth. They consist of a false tooth in the middle that is attached to two crowns on both sides.
The crowns are placed on existing adjacent teeth, which will serve as the supporting or abutment teeth. If the surrounding teeth are weak, your dentist might recommend getting a root canal therapy first.
Bridges can be made from porcelain, gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials. Once in place, dental bridges help prevent teeth from shifting out of position.
Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible will not only enhance your self-esteem, it will also preserve your facial structure, and allow you to speak and chew properly.
Traditional bridges. The traditional dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth and crowns placed on abutment teeth.
Maryland bridges. The artificial tooth is connected to a metal framework with one or two metal wings on its sides. The metal wings are then bonded at the back of the adjacent teeth on either side.
Cantilever bridges. Your dentist may recommend a cantilever bridge if there is only one tooth available to support the artificial tooth. If you are not qualified for a traditional bridge, you may still be able to get a fixed restoration for your missing tooth through this option.
Implant-supported bridges. This type can be used for one or more missing teeth. The dental implant will be used to hold the pontic in place and support the bridge. In some cases, even the crowns may be supported by implants. An implant-supported bridge is very secure and works like natural teeth.
Completing a dental bridge procedure requires multiple dental visits. Your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a portion of the enamel and filing the teeth. This is done to make room for the crown that will be placed over them.
Your dentist will also take impressions of the adjacent teeth to fabricate the bridge and the artificial tooth. In the meantime, you ‘ll be wearing a temporary bridge. Once the final appliance is ready, your dentist will put it in place and make necessary adjustments.
Once everything is set, the bridge can now be cemented into place. Your dentist ensures that the bridge fits properly as ill-fitting devices may damage the teeth.
Since the healthy teeth will be filed, they might get weak. If they are no longer capable of supporting the crown, the crown may collapse. This is also the reason why you need to see your dentist regularly to have your bridges checked and see if they already need to be replaced.
Dental bridges may not be permanent but they may last for up to 15 years with proper dental care.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and are looking into options to replace them, contact our team at Chinook Village Dental