A dental bridge is a restoration that helps bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges are generally made of two or more crowns with a false tooth in between that would cover the gap caused by the missing teeth. The false teeth are known as pontics. They can be manufactured by using Gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
What is the process of getting dental bridges?
During the patient’s first visit, the dentist would place the abutment teeth. In order to prepare the portion of the missing teeth to receive the dental bridge, the dentist would recounter the teeth by removing a portion of the enamel. Impressions would be made which would serve as the model based on which the bridges, pontics, and the restoration would be made. The dentist would at first place a temporary bridge to protect the exposed surface of the gums and teeth. During the patient’s second visit, the temporary bridge would be removed and the new metal/porcelain bridge would be placed and adjusted to check for proper fit.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Bridges help fill gaps left by missing tooth or teeth. There are several benefits of dental bridges such as:
Restore the smile
Restore the ability to chew and speak
Restores the posture of the face
Helps distribute equal forces while biting/chewing
Prevents teeth from drifting from its position
What are the different types of dental bridges?
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridgesThese bridges consist of a set of crowns on either side of the missing teeth. These bridges are made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever bridgesCantilever bridges consist of only one anchor tooth next to the missing one.
Maryland bonded bridgesThese bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, plastic teeth and gums supported by metal or porcelain.
Caring for Your Bridges
It is essential to keep your teeth healthy and strong as the success rate of your dental bridge would depend on the health of the remaining teeth. Ensuring routine brushing and flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to prevent decay and gum disease can help prevent loss of teeth. The dentist or dental hygienist can guide you on tips to properly brush and floss.
To find out more about dental bridges, request an appointment with us at Tahoe Dental Arts, today. Call us at (530) 541-8229 or schedule an appointment online.