Dental bridges are permanent appliances that bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. Dental brides mimic the look and shape of natural teeth.
The bridge may be made of different types of material, including alloys, gold, or porcelain. It is often used while replacing front tooth porcelain because it looks like natural teeth.
There are mainly four types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridge
These are the most famous dental bridges used when the natural teeth have a missing tooth/gap on the sides. The bridge consists of a fake tooth, (also called Pontic) supported by two abutment teeth.
Moreover, abutment teeth (are dental crowns) look like natural teeth to support the pontic teeth between them. Traditional dental bridges consist of ceramic, porcelain mixed to metal.
To put caps on the adjacent teeth, the dentist in Providence, RI will need to get rid of some enamel. They also need to shape/file the two teeth next to the fake tooth. It is done to ensure the dental crown fits correctly. Traditional bridges are mostly used to restore teeth, such as molars and premolars.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
Cantilever bridges are also made of porcelain fused to metal. Same as traditional bridges, cantilever bridges are attached to an abutment tooth, but only on one side.
Your dentist needs to prepare the adjacent tooth to support the bridge by removing enamel. A cantilever is an ideal option while replacing front teeth with a bridge. But these are not strong enough to support molars.
Maryland bridges are also called adhesive bridges that are used to replace teeth at the front of the mouth. They consist of a pontic that is supported by the metal.
These bridges don’t require enamel removed as the bridge does not need to be held in place by crowns. They are rarely used to restore missing molars where teeth experience a lot of biting force.
Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants, instead of being supported by natural teeth. One dental implant is placed for every missing tooth to hold the bridge in place.
Your dentist may also include a pontic tooth between two crowns supported by the implant in case it’s impossible to place one implant for each lost tooth.
This type of bridge is used to restore teeth such as molars and premolars. It is suggested to patients who have at least three missing teeth in a row. Google Search to know which type of dental bridge will be the best fit for you.
Dental bridge procedures complete in two appointments.
During the first appointment, a local anesthetic is administered to make your mouth numb. After that, your dentist will shape and file the abutment teeth. Enamel and any additional tooth structure are removed to make a proper room for the other tooth.
After impressions are made, the dental experts customize your dental bridges. While your permanent bridge is being made, dentists place a temporary removable dental bridge to fill the gap.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, you will return for the second appointment. The dentist will remove your temporary dental bridge and clean your teeth. Then, the bridge and teeth are bonded together using special dental cement for a fixed dental bridge.
A dental bridge provides many benefits, including:
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Oral care is necessary after a permanent bridge is positioned. For proper care, you should:
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