If you have lost one or more adjacent teeth, you may want to consider a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a fixed restorative appliance that bridges the gap created by missing teeth. Bridges consist of pontics (artificial teeth), and one or more abutments (support structures). Bridges can be made from some materials, including porcelain, gold, and other metal alloys. The type of material we use, as well as the type of bridge, depends on the needs of each patient. At Pacific Ave. Dental, we have the experience and expertise to ensure the success of your bridge and get your smile back on track.
Types of Dental Bridges
|•||Conventional dental bridges. Conventional bridges are made up of one or more pontics and two dental crowns. The crowns serve as anchors for the pontic and attach to the two adjacent teeth. During a minor procedure, these teeth are reshaped to accommodate the crowns. Then, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where they produce your final restoration. This may take a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary bridge to protect your newly reshaped teeth. During a second appointment, we will install your final restoration, and make any necessary adjustments. Once it is properly fit, we will cement the bridge into place using a special dental bonding agent.
|•||Implant-supported bridges. Implant-supported bridges are very similar to conventional bridges. When you are missing more than one tooth, we can use a series of implants to support a bridge. One implant is a place for each tooth, but there are instances where a pontic can be suspended between two implants. Dental Implants are reliable, secure, and comfortable. Many patients claim that implant-supported bridges feel and function like the natural teeth they replace.
|•||Cantilever bridges. Cantilever bridges are supported by one abutment tooth, rather than two. This type of bridge has fallen out of favor due to structural complications and technological advancements.
|•||Maryland bridges. Maryland bridges are a conservative option to conventional bridges. Instead of completely reshaping the teeth, the bridge is supported by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded to the backs of the two adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges are also much less common than conventional and implant-supported bridges.|
Benefits of Dental BridgesDental bridges have a variety of benefits over other methods of restorative treatment. Conventional bridges can be completed in two appointments and provide excellent chewing comfort. Dental Bridges distribute the forces in your bite properly and prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position. If left untreated, your remaining teeth will shift to compensate for the open space, leading to bite and misalignment issues.
In addition to the benefits listed above, implant-supported bridges can also help to maintain the shape of your face. The dental implants act as the root component of the tooth and prevent bone deterioration in the jaw.
Both bridges have proven longevity and can last anywhere from 5 to fifteen years. With proper care and regular checkups, your dental bridge could last even longer.