Dental bridges are one way for patients to replace missing teeth. The gap left behind by an extracted or lost tooth can have a negative impact on one’s oral health and wellness. The gap can cause the existing teeth to shift and result in the need for orthodontic treatment to fix. Instead, patients should consider the placement of a dental bridge which can alleviate this problem. A bridge is made with porcelain crowns fused to false teeth called pontics.
There are several types of dental bridges. The most common is that of the traditional fixed bridge. This is the bridge that most patients are familiar with. They may be fabricated of all porcelain or with porcelain fused to metal. A cantilever bridge is best for patients who have the support of one side of the gap but not for the other. These can be used on areas of the smile where there is not as much of a chewing load such as the anterior teeth. Last but not lease is the resin-bonded bridge in which metal bands are bonded to the adjacent teeth and used to keep a false tooth in place. These are also used in areas where less forces occur, such as the front of the smile.
Most dental bridges require two dental visits to place and finish. The first step is filing down the surrounding teeth so the crowns can bond over the top. Then, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory while a temporary bridge is put in place. Once the final restoration returns back to the dental office, the temporary is removed and the permanent one is fitted and adjusted for the patient. Over time, patients will want to visit Edna Dentistry to check the fit and function of their bridge.