Dental Bridges: What They Are and How They Work
It’s possible to lose a tooth for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it happens as a result of an injury, a medical condition or natural causes. Regardless of how it happens, when it does, you will want to restore your smile right away. A missing tooth creates a gap that can be notified the moment you smile. It’s unsightly and can make even the most confident person feel uncomfortable.
The problem with losing a tooth isn’t just one of aesthetics, it’s also about functionality. A missing tooth can cause other issues, such as pain and discomfort in your jaw when chewing. Another reason you’ll want to get it taken care of right away is that missing teeth can create difficulties with your speech. A common solution when you have a missing tooth is a dental bridge. Let’s explore this option in greater detail.
What is a Dental Bridge?
When you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge is used to replace the tooth. It fills in space and restores your smile by creating a natural appearance. A dental bridge can also be used when you have a gap in your teeth that causes your other teeth to shift or loosen. There are several types of dental bridges, and we can help you choose the right one for you. Let’s look at the different options.
Types of Dental Bridges
1. Traditional Bridges: This is the most common type of dental bridge. It has one or more fake teeth (pontics) and it’s held in place with a dental crown. The dental crown is cemented to the teeth that are surrounding your missing tooth.
2. Cantilever Bridges: These are similar to traditional bridges, except they are only supported by the dental crown on one side. Even if you only have one tooth next to your missing tooth, the dental crown can still be secured.
3. Maryland Bridges: This type of dental bridge uses porcelain or metal framework for a more conservative approach. The framework is bonded to the backs of the teeth that are next to the missing tooth. These bridges are not cemented in, which means they are not as sturdy as other options, and cannot withstand a lot of biting force.
4. Implant-Supported Bridges: This is a good choice when you have more than one missing tooth. Instead of using crowns or framework, dental implants are used to hold the bridges in place and they are secured to your jawbone. In most instances, an implant is used for each missing tooth.
About the Procedure
The procedure involves taking imprints and measurements of your mouth to make sure the bridges fit properly and for maximum comfort. The placement of dental bridges does not require surgery. However, if necessary, we can provide mild sedation to help you feel comfortable during the procedure. We also numb the area with a local anesthetic. There is no sharp pain caused by this procedure. The recovery time for dental bridges is short and you should be able to eat normally as soon as you receive the bridge.
Contact us to learn more about dental bridges.