An artificial tooth replacement known as a dental bridge is kept in place by the abutment teeth on each side of the gap. A dental bridge uses artificial teeth to replace lost teeth permanently. A dental bridge replaces one or more lost teeth and prevents the lips and cheeks from sagging or changing form. Do you want to know if a dental bridge is the best option for you? Dr. Ronald Ayzin at Laguna Dental Center has experience with dental bridges since 2017, and we’ll assist you in selecting the best option for your smile.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental repair that consists of one or more false teeth in the space between two or more crowns on either side of the gap kept in place by the abutment teeth. These artificial teeth, or pontics, can be created from various materials, including gold, metals, porcelain, composite resin, or a combination.
What are the Types of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges come in four types: conventional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported.
- Traditional Bridge. In a traditional dental bridge, each abutment tooth receives a dental crown to hold the fake tooth or teeth in place. The most common form of dental bridge is a traditional bridge, which can be utilized when you still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by your missing tooth.
- Cantilever Bridge. A cantilever bridge is identical to a traditional dental bridge. Nonetheless, in a cantilever dental bridge, the pontic is kept in place by a dental crown affixed to only one abutment tooth. A cantilever bridge requires only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap.
- Maryland Dental Bridge. Like a typical bridge, a Maryland dental bridge uses two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. On the other hand, a standard bridge puts dental crowns on the abutment teeth, and a Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain attached to the backs of the abutment teeth. Like a standard bridge, a Maryland bridge may only be utilized if you have a natural tooth on either side of the gap produced by the missing tooth or teeth.
- Implant-supported Bridge. Dental implants, as opposed to crowns or frameworks, are used in implant-restrained bridges. One implant is surgically implanted for each lost tooth to hold the bridge in place. If one implant for each missing tooth is not viable, the bridge may have a pontic hanging between implant-supported crowns.
How do dental bridges work?
A dental bridge typically requires two dentist visits.
- Your dental bridge dentist will reshape your abutment teeth at your initial session. The enamel and dentin will be removed to make way for the crown.
- Your teeth will be photographed or digitally scanned by your professional. A dental laboratory will use the scan or model to construct a bridge, fake teeth, and crowns. To protect the exposed regions of your mouth, you’ll wear a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is ready.
- Your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and replace it during your second visit. Your professional will inspect the bridge and make any required changes.