A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A gap between your teeth can be potentially harmful to your dental health, as it can cause your teeth to shift resulting in a change in your bite that could be painful. Dental bridges can help solve this problem by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth in the place where the gap is present. Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth, and the false tooth known as a pontic, is fused between them.
Types of Dental Bridges:
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist can discuss the best option for your particular case.
- Traditional fixed bridge- This is the most common type of dental bridge, in which porcelain crowns are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to hold the false tooth in place. The false tooth is usually made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridge- A cantilever bridge is used when teeth are present on only one side of the gap. These are used typically in areas of your mouth that doesn’t experience an intense chewing load, such as your front teeth.
- Resin-bonded bridge- For a resin-bonded bridge, metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and used to hold a plastic false tooth in place. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth that undergo less stress, such as the front teeth.
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. Finally, the dentist fits your teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them while the bridge is prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be necessary to check and adjust the fit of your permanent bridge.
Our team at Lake Dental is ready to provide you with the treatment you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment.