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A dental bridge is an alternative to dental implants when there is a need to replace one or more missing teeth.
The name bridge comes from the fact you are “bridging” the gap between two adjacent teeth.
A gap between two teeth that is not suitable for an implant but there is sufficient room for a crown, then the two adjacent teeth are each crowned and attached to these two crowns is a third crown that replaces the missing tooth.
This is a basic bridge that replaces a single tooth.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several types of bridges in materials and design. The team at Signature Dentistry will discuss the best options for your particular case.
The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to gold.
Other types of material include zirconia and lithium disilicate. There also various design which are more of technical matter that is specific to the individual requirement of the patient.
These bridge designs include:
- Cantilever- where there pontic (crown that is not attached to a tooth and is filling the gap) is attached on one side to one or more teeth
- Maryland- where little wings are bonded to adjacent tooth holding the pontic crown in the gap where there is a missing tooth
- Rochette- similar to a Maryland design but the wings which are bonded to the adjacent teeth are perforated.
- Reverse Maryland- wings are typically made of porcelain and are placed on visible surfaces of the teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last a significant number of years.
Reasons for a dental bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile.
- Upgrade from a denture to a permanently fixed solution.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. The teeth that will be acting as abutment teeth are treated in the same manner as they are for crowns but these preparations are parallel to each other.
This is accomplished under anesthesia so you will not feel anything.
Next, a highly accurate impression or scan is taken and sent to our trusted dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will fabricated on the spot and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit and function.
As always, you will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the lifespan of your new, permanent bridge.
If you are thinking about getting a dental bridge, schedule an online consultation with Dr Somana to discuss your options.
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