Dental bridges are one of the most standard and time-tested options available for teeth replacements. They help bridge the gap between teeth. This restoration characteristically consists of two dental crowns on either side with prosthetic teeth or pontics between them. The crowns act as anchors to hold the bridge in position, while the pontics fill the void created by the missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
The adjoining teeth support a traditional bridge on either side of the gap. For the bridge to be fixed, these teeth must be slightly shaped so they can serve as anchors for your restoration.
Dental implants rather than natural teeth support an implant-supported bridge. Therefore, the trimming of natural tooth structures is not required. Although dental implants make the treatment more expensive, implant-supported bridges are more durable and often last a lifetime. As dental implants stimulate the nerves in the jaw just as natural tooth roots do, implant-supported bridges help preserve the jawbone structure and prevent bone loss over time.
These bridges require minimal removal of natural tooth structures. A Maryland bridge has wings on both sides of the restoration secured to the back of the adjacent teeth.
This type of bridge consists of a single dental crown that will support the complete restoration, which may include one or two prosthetic teeth. Cantilever bridges are usually placed in the front of the mouth. As the chewing force is strongest in the molar areas, these restorations would be liable to damage if placed in the back of the mouth. Therefore, a cantilever bridge is not recommended for replacing missing molars.
Dental Bridges Process
The conventional dental bridge treatment process can typically be completed in two office visits.
Preparing the Teeth
To get started with your dental bridge, the teeth will need to be prepared. This will involve removing minor amounts of tooth structure to make space for the bridge. Additionally, any tooth decay or damaged portions will also be cleaned out.
After the teeth are resized, we will take impressions of your oral cavity. These impressions will be sent over to a dental lab for the construction of the restoration. While waiting for your restoration, a temporary bridge can be placed.
Fabricating the Bridge
At the dental lab, an experienced ceramist will craft your bridge, a process that usually takes about a week or more.
Once the restoration is received from the dental lab, we will secure the bridge into place with strong dental cement.
After the bridge is cemented, we will check your bite and make the necessary final adjustments.
To find out what kind of dental bridge is apt for your oral condition, visit Ygnacio Dental & Orthodontics at 1766 Lacassie Ave # 101, Walnut Creek, CA 945961, or call us at (925) 280-2848 and schedule an appointment.