What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic oral device that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike removable partials or dentures, dental bridges are cemented to crowns on existing teeth or implants. The replacement teeth can be color and texture matched to blend in seamlessly with existing teeth for natural-looking results. A bridge offers more than a cosmetic solution. It also works to keep teeth neighboring gaps from shifting, which results in a bad bite and further dental problems.
what types of dental bridges are available?
Fixed traditional bridges: These are the most common types of bridges used and are usually made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Fixed bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing teeth, with teeth replacements called pontics in between.
Cantilever bridges: These are similar to traditional bridges except the support for the bridge is only on one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This type of bridge can put too much force on surrounding teeth and damage them.
Maryland bridges: A framework attached to the back of the teeth neighboring the missing ones supports these bridges. They offer the most conservative approach but are not as durable as fixed traditional bridges.
What Should I Expect?
Before you get a crown, we will file down your tooth to prepare it for the incoming restoration. We will take an impression of your mouth, which we will send to a dental laboratory that will create your dental crown. We will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready for you.
Your dental bridge requires a similar process involving taking impressions of your mouth that a dental laboratory uses to create your restoration. After the dental crowns are in place, they act as anchors for your new dental bridge.
Caring for Your New Bridges
With proper dental care, your new bridges have the potential to last a lifetime. You need to brush and floss your teeth daily along with rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Make sure to keep up with your routine checkups and cleanings at our office to prevent gum disease or any potential dental problems which can have a negative impact on your restorations. When you come see us, we will check on your oral health and will examine your bridges to make sure they are working well.
Plan your visit today!
Schedule your appointment today with Lake Oak Dental to learn more about our dental restorations and how they can enhance your smile. Our highly trained staff is here to answer any questions and to discuss any treatment options you may need. Let us help you bring back your natural looking smile!