Dental bridges close the space caused by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is made of two or more crowns which serve as anchors and a false tooth or teeth is in betweenthese crowns. They are cemented into place and are a more permanent solution to missing teeth. Often constructed from porcelain, gold or alloys, dental bridges can restore the ability to chew properly, prevent remaining teeth from shifting position, improve speech and most importantly restore your smile.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges. These are traditional bridges, resin bonded bridges and cantilever bridges. A traditional bridge requires a crown for either side of the missing tooth and a false tooth or pontic in the middle. Resin bonded bridges are made of porcelain, plastic teeth and gums with porcelain or metal framework or porcelain fused to metal. The sides are then bonded to the existing teeth. The least common cantilever bridge is only used when there are only adjacent teeth on one side of the missing tooth.
The process of getting a dental bridge requires two dental visits. During the first visit the teeth surrounding the missing tooth, also known as abutment teeth, are prepared. Preparation begins by recontouring the teeth. Recontouring involves removing some of the tooth enamel to allow enough space for a crown to be placed on top. Once recontouring is complete Impressions of the teeth are made. These impressions will later be used as a model to make the bridge, pontic(false teeth) and crowns for supporting teeth. After impressions are made patients will be provided with a temporary bridge to protect the recontoured teeth. Since enamel has been removed a barrier is needed to avoid pain and discomfort.
During the second visit the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be adjusted to ensure a proper fit. Fitting a bridge properly may take some time. Depending on the case, multiple fittings may be needed. For this reason bridges are often cemented temporarily to make sure that it fits properly and is permanently cemented later.
Once cemented into place a dental bridge can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years if not longer. The key to a long lasting dental bridge is proper care. It is very important to keep remaining teeth healthy. To do so regular brushing, flossing and dental visits are required. After the dental bridge is put into place the dentist will demonstrate how to brush and floss teeth with a bridge present.
All in all a dental bridge is a great way to restore your smile. Whether due to an accident or dental problem a bridge can replace replace missing teeth. If you are considering getting a dental bridge Dr. Siman of Comfort Dental is one of the best dentists in the area. Those looking for professionalism and experience with this particular procedure should look no further. Nothing less than high quality dental services are offered. Dr. Siman is the ideal choice for those looking to achieve a great smile.