Missing Teeth? We Have Options
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for one or a few missing teeth. The natural abutment teeth on either side of the gap will receive dental crowns which are attached to a pontic tooth in the middle.
This pontic tooth fills in the space left behind by the missing tooth. A bridge can only replace consecutive missing teeth and is not removable. However, it is highly durable and lasts for up to 15 years with proper care. A bridge will restore your smile, prevent your teeth from shifting, and assist with chewing and speaking.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Fixed Bridge
This is the most typical bridge and is fabricated out of ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal materials. The abutment teeth next to the gap will be filed down to prepare them to receive dental crowns. Then, a pontic tooth is connected to the two dental crowns when they are bonded to your teeth.
When there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, a cantilever bridge is used. Much like a traditional bridge, the abutment tooth will receive a dental crown that attaches to a pontic tooth. However, only one abutment tooth receives a dental crown instead of two.
This is also called a resin-bonded bridge and requires two abutment teeth to anchor it in place. However, instead of placing dental crowns over these teeth, a porcelain framework or metal wings extend behind the teeth and are bonded in place.
When the abutment teeth are not stable or healthy enough to anchor the bridge or there are multiple missing teeth, dental implants will be placed and a pontic tooth will be connected in the middle. The implants firmly hold the bridge in place and also prevent bone loss.
How it Works
The Dental Bridge Treatment Process
The bridge process begins with a consultation with Dr. Luck. She will examine your teeth and take x-rays to rule out any present oral health problems. She’ll also be able to determine if your teeth are stable enough to support a bridge or if you will need any dental implants.
Then, we will file down the abutment teeth to prepare them for dental crowns, and impressions will be taken of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab that will fabricate your customized bridge.
Fabrication can take a few weeks so you will receive a temporary bridge in the meantime. Once we have received your bridge, the temporary one will be removed and we will check the fit and appearance before bonding it to your teeth.
About Dental Bridges
Are Dental Bridges Permanent Or Removable?
Dental bridges are fixed in place with a bonding agent so they can only be removed at the dentist. However, bridges are not technically permanent because they need to be continually replaced about every 5 to 15 years.
You should practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental appointments to ensure that your bridge is in good condition and does not become loose. Your Fort Mill dentist will let you know if your bridge needs to be replaced or if it is ill-fitting and needs to be corrected.
An ill-fitting bridge can cause many problems, including soreness, gum recession, increased risk for gum disease, and accelerated bone loss.
Interested In a Dental Bridge?
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
If you’re missing any teeth but don’t have severe tooth loss, dental bridges offer many benefits.
Contact us at Luck Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leah Luck and find out if a dental bridge is right for you.