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Bridges are prosthetic treatments that help to fill gaps between a single or multiple missing teeth. Here at Valley Ridge Dental Centre, we offer dental bridges as one of our many options for restorative dentistry. Learn more about how this service can benefit you today!
A dental bridge consists of three or more crowns put together. One of the crowns, mostly the hardest of the trio, replaces the actual missing teeth. The two natural teeth, surrounding the gap, act as the anchors of the bridge. A fake tooth attached to the bridge replaces the natural tooth and fills the cavity.
Bridges are part of restorative dentistry because they restore the functionality of teeth. They fill in gaps that can otherwise lead to poor oral health. They are also part of cosmetic dentistry because they help to fill unsightly gaps.
There are various types of bridges, and the one that’s best for you depends on the number of missing teeth and the location of the gaps. Bridges may also vary depending on the material that comprises them.
Traditional bridges consist of one or multiple fake teeth (also known as pontics), supported by dental clowns (also known as abutments). The adjacent natural teeth hold the abutments. The bridges can replace teeth located anywhere in the mouth, even between molars. The number of fake teeth can vary; the highest involves a six-unit dental bridge.
Traditional bridges have numerous benefits, but one drawback is that the dentist needs to remove the enamel of your natural tooth and replace it with a crown. This procedure means your teeth will always need crowns because the enamel doesn’t grow back.
A Maryland denture bridge uses a metal or porcelain frame with a fake tooth in front, often with a wing or two, which attaches to the neighbouring natural teeth.
Maryland bridges have many benefits; they are conservative and low-risk. They are also durable due to the composite resin used and their ability to attach to natural teeth. These bridges appear very realistic and can be a permanent option.
One downside of Maryland dental bridges is that it’s difficult for the fake teeth to match the size of the gap left behind. The dentist may need to cut the sides of the adjacent teeth during fitting. These types of teeth are also the most expensive.
These bridges are not standard nowadays due to concerns about aspirating the prosthetic used. They can replace anterior teeth, although they have also helped in posterior locations in a few cases.
These bridges are similar to traditional options, but the only difference is that they have just one supporting anchor. They are a perfect solution where there is only one natural tooth to use as an abutment, such as at the last molar.
Cantilever bridges have similar advantages and disadvantages as traditional bridges, but the support of only one tooth means the supporting tooth may fracture or loosen over time.
These bridges are useful where multiple teeth are missing in a row or throughout the mouth. As the name implies, dental implants secure the bridges. You get one implant of each missing tooth, and the bridge attaches to those implants. If this is not possible, the dentist can use just two implants to secure the whole replacement.
The advantage of implant-supported bridges is that they are more affordable.
A dental bridge can address various issues, including:
Unlike surgical procedures that might require a long recovery process, dental bridges enable smoother, faster recovery. You can go about your normal activities within a day or so.
Patients may experience some tenderness and soreness in the mouth as a result of the dentist grinding down the teeth. Your gum may also bleed and feel tender after the treatment process. This soreness usually goes away within a few days. The gums will need a few weeks to heal completely after the procedure.
In case there is sedation during the placement of bridges, the patient should avoid driving after the procedure. Do the following to ensure your dental bridges stay in good shape.
Dental bridges provide a proven and lasting solution to missing teeth. Our experts at Valley Ridge Dental Centre will give an ideal option for your teeth problem.