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Dental Bridge


Rendering of jaw with dental bridgeA 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.

Frequently Asked Questions



How long does a dental bridge last?


A dental bridge typically lasts an average of 10 years. This is contingent on factors such as materials used, oral hygiene practices, and bite forces. Bridges made from durable materials like porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or zirconia tend to have longer lifespans. Maintaining good oral hygiene through regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups can help prolong the bridge's lifespan. Avoiding habits like teeth grinding and seeking prompt dental care for any issues can also contribute to the bridge's longevity. Ultimately, proper care and regular maintenance are essential for maximizing the lifespan of a dental bridge.

Are dental bridges permanent?


While dental bridges are considered a long-term solution, they are not typically permanent and may require replacement or maintenance over time due to wear and tear or changes in oral health.

There are different types of dental bridges. Traditional bridges consist of prosthetic teeth supported by dental crowns on adjacent natural teeth. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but are supported by a single natural tooth or dental implant. Maryland bridges, also known as resin-bonded bridges, use metal or porcelain wings bonded to adjacent teeth for support. Implant-supported bridges are secured to dental implants surgically placed in the jawbone.

Who is a candidate for a dental bridge?


Candidates for a dental bridge are individuals missing one or more adjacent teeth who seek a fixed restoration. They should have healthy teeth adjacent to the gap to support the bridge structure. Good overall oral health, including healthy gums and sufficient bone support, is essential for successful bridge placement. Candidates should have realistic expectations and be committed to maintaining proper oral hygiene to ensure the longevity of the bridge. Additionally, those unable or unwilling to undergo surgical procedures for dental implants may opt for a bridge as a non-invasive tooth replacement option.

Is getting a dental bridge painful?


Getting a dental bridge typically involves minimal discomfort as the procedure is performed under local anesthesia to numb the surrounding area. Patients may experience some pressure or sensations during the preparation of the abutment teeth and impressions, but it is generally well-tolerated. After the bridge placement, some mild soreness or discomfort may occur, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Any discomfort usually subsides within a few days as the mouth adjusts to the new restoration. Overall, while some temporary discomfort may be experienced, getting a dental bridge is not considered a painful procedure.

How do I care for a dental bridge?


Maintaining proper oral hygiene is all you have to do to keep your dental bridge clean. Using a nonabrasive toothpaste is mandatory as is brushing and flossing twice a day. There are no special requirements when it comes to cleaning the teeth. After the restoration is installed, an appointment with our specialist will have to be set to make sure everything is alright and fitting properly.
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