What Are Dental Bridges?
When considering replacement options for teeth, there are actually four types of dental bridges to think about. A bridge, in general terms, is a fixed device that is cemented on top of existing teeth or an implant. The bridge will look and function like natural teeth. A traditional bridge consists of one or more fake teeth. They are held in place using a crown. The crowns are cemented onto teeth that are next to the one or several that are missing. A bridge can be used to replace any type of tooth, including a molar. The enamel of the teeth that are beside the one that is missing will need to be removed and the area of the mouth prepared so that the bridge can be placed. This does take some time, but the end result is a beautiful smile with teeth that are strong enough to eat with and that look like the natural teeth that you have in the mouth. If you are in need of a dental bridge, visit Dentalville Panorama City today!
A cantilever bridge has a similar design, but there is only support on one side of the missing tooth instead of both sides. This allows for a bridge to be placed even if there is only one tooth present. A Maryland bridge is held in place by metal or porcelain. It doesn't rely on the surrounding teeth to stay in one place. This is a conservative option for those who are looking for a procedure that doesn't take as long to complete. However, the bridge might not stay in place as well as one that is cemented to adjacent teeth, especially if the bridge is used to replace molars that aid in chewing. If you're looking for a stable bridge, then consider one that relies on implants. This is often the solution that our dentist will use if there are multiple teeth missing. One implant will usually hold one tooth instead of an implant holding the entire bridge. This method will provide more support for each tooth that is missing while still giving a natural appearance.
What Are The Benefits?
There are numerous benefits of a dental bridge. It can restore a smile that you seem to have lost because of missing or damaged teeth. They will give back the opportunity to eat normally and to speak normally. When you have a full set of teeth, you will have a natural shape to the face instead of one that appears sunken. Bridges allow for even distribution of chewing, taking the pressure off of using only a few teeth that could result in teeth becoming damaged. Placing a bridge will prevent other teeth in the mouth from shifting, which can cause spaces to form between the teeth that are left in the mouth.
Placing a bridge might require more than one trip to our office. The first visit will consist of the teeth being prepared to receive the bridge. An impression of the teeth will be made. The impression is sent to a lab where the bridge will be made before it's sent back to our dental office. A temporary bridge is placed before the permanent bridge to protect the gums and exposed teeth. Once the permanent bridge is in position, you can soon begin to eat normally and clean them as you would your natural teeth.