For patients with one or more missing teeth, bridges are an effective option to “bridge” the gap. A dental bridge is a collection of false teeth implanted to replace one or more missing teeth.
There are three main types of bridges; traditional bridges, the most common type of bridge, Maryland bonded bridges, which involve porcelain, metal, and/or plastic, and Cantilever bridges, which have become somewhat outdated and are not commonly used.
Missing teeth can cause all sorts of problems, from dietary restrictions to self-confidence issues to an overall decrease in physical health. With a dental bridge, patients regain the ability to properly eat and speak and their confidence and oral health is restored. Furthermore, bridges can fix the shape of the mouth and in most cases, leave a patient with spectacular results worth showing off.
Once you and your dentist have agreed that bridges are the best option for you, you’ll have your abutment teeth prepared. Your dentist will remove a portion of enamel from your tooth or teeth to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of the teeth are made, then your dentist will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth while the permanent bridge is being made.
Your dentist will then remove the temporary bridge and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be installed and checked to ensure a proper fit. Patients may need to return regularly to make sure their permanent bridge fits adequately. Once your dentist has confirmed the bridge is sitting properly, he or she will cement it into place.
Dental bridges typically last between five and 15 years, and even longer with proper maintenance, regular dentist visits, and good oral hygiene. Furthermore, dental bridges are more affordable than ever, and dental insurance often covers a percentage of the fee. Do you think a dental bridge might be right for you?
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