Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The term “bridge” means a structure that contains a tooth or more fake teeth. We establish the structure in place with crowns on either side of the space in the mouth. For example, if a person is missing several front teeth due to injury or decay, a doctor may suggest a bridge to fill in space. A person may not want to have space in their teeth after having a tooth replaced, for example, because they require a tooth in the area for chewing or cosmetic concerns. For a few people, a permanent dental implant is a substitute for a bridge. Dental implants are false teeth that dentists surgically insert into the bone in the mouth. For others, dentists may suggest implants to help secure a bridge, notably if many teeth are missing.
A bridge constitutes of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the space — these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth in between. When you have a missing tooth, it can be challenging to communicate correctly, bite, speak, or even eat effectively. When a tooth is missing, it is essential to see your dentist discuss the dental options for replacement. Usually, crowns are used to cover or “cap” an impaired tooth or cover a dental implant.
Your dentist may suggest a crown to:
- Replace a big filling when there is not enough existing tooth
- Save a tooth from fracture
- Restore a damaged tooth
- Fix a bridge
- Cover dental implants
- Cover discolored and poorly shaped teeth
- Cover a tooth which had root canal treatment
Gaps created by missing teeth eventually lead to the remaining teeth to shift, giving birth to a bad bite. This also results in gum disease and TMJ disorders. We mostly use bridges, if you’re missing one or more teeth. They protect the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or dental implants surrounding the area. For a bridge, a person may look for a prosthodontist, a dentist specializing in restoring and replacing missing teeth, or a normal dentist. Either way, there are many substitutes for filling space in a smile.
Uses of dental bridge
A dental bridge helps a person be more comfortable and confident with their smile. It can also enable them to chew effectively. When a patient has one or more missing teeth, it can influence their bite, causing pain or uneasy. Replacing those teeth avoids these complications.
A person may require a dental bridge if:
- A tooth is so injured that it falls out or a dentist cleans it
- An accident or injury affects a tooth beyond repair
- Decay or infection is so deep-rooted within a tooth that both a filling and a root canal is sufficient
Dental bridges are used in dentistry to restore the missing teeth and provide a bridge that joins the adjoining teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are known as abutment teeth, and the replacement tooth is known as the pontic (false tooth).
Dental bridges help to restore your smile and maintain the appropriate facial shape. They can also help you in chewing food, speaking, and placing the jaws together when biting. This helps prevent other teeth in the mouth from moving out of place or drifting apart. The dental bridge is priced based upon the number of units and the city where you live. Most dental insurances do cover a portion of the total cost. Dental bridges can also last many years if properly maintained through professional check-ups and cleanings.
Type of Dental Bridges
The most common types of dental bridges are:
- Traditional Bridge — This is the most common type of bridge used in dentistry, made from ceramics or porcelain fused with metal.
- Cantilever Bridge — We use this when patients do not have two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland Bridge — We create this bridge from a metal framework. The pontic (false tooth) is fixed to the metal or porcelain wings that are hardened to the two abutment teeth. This bridge is a conservative substitute for a traditional bridge.
The procedure of a dental bridge
On the first appointment, the dentist will start to remove the abutment teeth’ enamel structure to make the teeth ready for a crown. Then your teeth impressions will be taken, and your dentist’s dental laboratory will create the dental bridge, crowns, and pontic. Your dentist will prepare a temporary bridge to be worn while your permanent bridge is being made. In the next appointment, the temporary bridge will be detached. The new permanent bridge will be fixed onto the area and checked for proper attachment. There may be more than one dental visit to ensure that the permanent bridge fits finely in the mouth.
It can be summed up that the permanent bridge is cared for like your permanent teeth. The deck should be cleaned properly between the teeth and pontic using a proxy brush and dental floss. Brushing teeth using fluoride toothpaste twice a day is also crucial. Cleaning your bridge helps to reduce cavities and the creation of inflammation of the gum tissue. Please see your dentist for a regular check-up and professional cleaning appointment of teeth.
At Dr. Mohamed Ali’s office, he will thoroughly assess your mouth before recommending any treatment. If required, he might suggest some alternatives which are best suited for your needs. At our office, we are also taking all the COVID-19 precautions for our patients and staff’s safety. The billing experts will inspect your insurance benefits. They will offer you a complete treatment plan with all the necessary arrangements. Our office is also decked with modern technologies like CT-Scan, Intravenous Sedation, Platelet Rich Fibrin, etc. to present nothing less than the best services. Every major dental and medical PPO insurance plan is accepted, including Medicare. There is also an in-office Plan for Health for those who don’t have any insurance. We have also partnered with various financial institutions like The Lending Club, Care Credit, Healthcare Finance Solutions, to make your treatment extremely affordable. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. So sit, relax, and get sparkling white teeth. If you are ready to boost your smile, give us a call or visit our website today! You can reach us at 415.391.7751.