A dental bridge is a restorative dental procedure bridging a gap between teeth. The bridge is usually one or two crowns that hold the bridge in place, and one or more prosthetic teeth in between. The crowns are held in place by abutment teeth, the teeth that the bridge will be anchored to on either side of the gap. There are several available restorative dental procedures. A consultation with one of our dentists at Schnierow Dental Care can help you find the right mode of treatment.
Variations of Dental Bridges
Fixed bridges are the most common type of bridge, consisting of two abutments and one or more pontic teeth. Cantilever bridges are an ideal bridge for people with teeth on just one side of the gap. They consist of one or more pontics connected to one abutment tooth. Resin-bonded bridges also known as the Maryland dental bridges are good for patients with missing front teeth. One to two pontics are supported by a metal framework rather than abutments. Ceramic or metal wings on each side of the pontics bond to the neighboring teeth. Implant-supported bridges are the same as traditional fixed bridges, except the abutment teeth are dental implants.
How a Dental Bridge is Installed
Preparing and installing a dental bridge will take at least two appointments. Before beginning a restorative treatment you will have a dental exam and consultation to go over treatment plans available to you. This ensures that we understand the whole picture, and gives us a chance to go over all existing modes of treatment with you before choosing a plan. When your oral health has been assessed by a dentist, and they approve the treatment, you can move forward with this procedure.
To start, one of our dentists will prepare the abutment teeth, the teeth that the bridge will be anchored to. They are reshaped and part of the enamel and dentin layer is removed to make room for the abutments. A digital scan or impression of the teeth is made and then sent to a dental laboratory; they will use it as a mold to create your bridge. In most cases, you will have a temporary bridge to protect the exposed area of your mouth while the lab prepares your bridge. During the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and permanently install the new bridge. Adjustments will be made as necessary to ensure the perfect fit.
Other Options Besides Dental Bridges
At Schnierow Dental Care, we provide many different treatments for restorative dentistry. Dental bridges are not for everyone, many may not be eligible for this treatment as a few preconditions would make this treatment unsuccessful. Luckily, there are alternative options available to people with avulsed teeth. Partial dentures, or removable teeth, are a popular low-cost alternative. Dental implants are surgically implanted titanium screws that replicate the root of a tooth and fuse with the bone in the jaw. Proper dental hygiene and bi-annual dental exams are the most practical treatment for preventing tooth loss, tooth decay, and avoiding restorative dental procedures. If you are considering dental bridges or other restorative treatments, call our team at (424) 383-5005 to schedule a consultation or dental exam.