What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge helps to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Typically bridges have one or more crowns on either side of the gap, and in-between are false teeth. Bridges can be supported by your natural teeth or by dental implants, and can restore a patient’s smile. They allow patients to speak and chew food easily, and help to maintain facial structure. Bridges also help to prevent remaining teeth in the mouth from shifting out of position.
What types of bridges are available?
There are a few types of bridges available and our team at Sienna Dental will meet with you to discuss which bridge best fits your needs.
This type of bridge involves creating an implant or crown on either side of a missing tooth with pontics in-between. This bridge is the most common type of bridge used, and is made of ceramics or porcelain material fused to metal.
A cantilever bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. This is not a commonly used bridge anymore compared to the other options available. Cantilever bridges can put too much force on other teeth and risk damaging them.
Maryland Bonded Bridge:
This type of bridge uses metal or porcelain wings that are bonded to existing teeth. The Maryland Bonded Bridge is made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
What is the process of getting a bridge?
Dental bridges take multiple appointments in our office. During the first appointment the abutment teeth are prepared, and enamel is removed to allow room for the crown. We take dental impressions that are used to make the bridge in the lab. Temporary bridges are used while you wait for your permanent bridge to be ready.
During the second visit your new bridge will be fit and adjusted. Fixed bridges are cemented into place, and we ensure the bridge fits perfectly snug in the mouth. We make sure the bridge feels comfortable and secure.
Caring for your dental bridge is easy if you follow good oral hygiene habits at home. Brushing and flossing daily is recommended. Flossing is important, and we encourage patients to carefully move the floss around the bridge to remove any plaque that is present. Use a fluoride rise daily, and make sure to schedule your regular dental exam in our office. Regular dental exams are important so we can keep your teeth healthy and feeling great. As part of the dental exam we always check your bridge to make sure it still fits well, and is feeling great in your mouth.
If you are interested in finding out more about your options for dental bridges, contact Sienna Dental to schedule your consultation.