Bridges can help restore your smile and regain your self-confidence. Dental bridges “bridge” the gap created by one or two missing teeth. This type of restoration is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. You can have a bridge only if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support.
There are different types of dental bridges. Your dentist will recommend you the most appropriate one depending on the location of the missing tooth/ teeth and the condition of your mouth.
1.Traditional bridges. They are the most popular type of bridge. These bridges are used if there are natural teeth on each side of the gap where the tooth is missing
2.Maryland bridges (Resin-bonded bridges). They involve the artificial teeth being fused together to metal bands and cemented to the back of your natural teeth. They are an alternative to traditional bridges. So the pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the back of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Since this type of bridge isn’t held in place by crowns, the anchoring teeth don’t need to be filled.
3.Cantilever bridges. This type of bridge is used when there are healthy teeth on only one side of the missing tooth/ teeth. The procedure involves anchoring the artificial tooth over one or more of your natural adjacent teeth.
4.Implant-supported bridges. They are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are used when you have more than one tooth missing. An implant supported bridge is a dental restoration that replaces missing teeth by inserting two or more artificial titanium roots into the jaw bone and attaching artificial teeth to them. The bridge may consist of a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns if placing one implant for every lost tooth isn’t possible.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. This means that your dentist will remove a little portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist will give you a temporary bridge. In a couple of weeks, during the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent bridge will be placed in your mouth. It will be adjusted to achieve a proper fit. And this is all.
A dental bridge can last 5 to 15 years and even more. With good oral hygiene (brush your teeth twice a day, two minutes each time, floss daily) and regular checkups and professional cleanings, a bridge will last at least 10 years.
To conclude, dental bridges are an alternative when you have missing teeth. If you think you are eligible for a bridge or another dental restoration, call Dr. Arhiri today to make an appointment. 610.647.7611 is our phone number. Dr. Arhiri will give you all the information you need and will recommend you what best suits you, considering your medical history.