What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge utilizes the teeth on either side of a missing tooth to serve as the anchors for bridges, which are essentially groups of crowns all cast together. A dental bridge (also called a pontic) is made up of two or more crowns that support the teeth between a gap. A dental bridge can be supported by a dental implant or your natural teeth depending how much bone structure and decay there is. A dental bridge can be made from a variety of materials including gold, silver, platinum or more. Most often, patients request their dental bridge to be made out of porcelain so that it bears a closer resemblance to their natural teeth.
A dental bridge will allow you to regain normal eating and chewing function as you will no longer have a gap between your teeth where food can get stuck. A dental bridge can also help improve speech as having gaps in your teeth can alter the way you speak and often make you feel reluctant or embarrassed to speak, especially in public. We often see an improvement in patients self-esteem and confidence after getting a new dental bridge.
A key benefit of a dental bridge versus dentures is that a dental bridge is not required to be removed regularly for cleaning like a denture. Dental bridges can be cleaned simply by brushing your teeth so there is very little maintenance other than maintaining a regular brushing and flossing routine. It also takes less time for patients to become acclimated and comfortable with their new dental bridge because it quickly becomes part of the new structure of their mouth.
What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?
A fixed dental bridge is a bridge that is immovable; it is held in place using cement or screws, and only a dentist can remove this type of bridge. A cantilever bridge is a structure in which the false tooth is anchored to only one neighboring tooth. Another type of bridge that can be used is a resin-bonded bridge. These are not as strong as fixed and cantilever bridges, but they are both less expensive and not permanent. Unlike the two aforementioned bridges, which entail the filing of the teeth adjacent to the empty space in order to make room for the structure to be installed, resin-bonded bridges are put in place by inserting a false tooth with metal wings into the space. Then, your dentist will use resin to bond the wings to the adjacent teeth.
If you have questions about the dental bridge process, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation and thorough explanation of the procedure. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide an estimate of out-of-pocket expenses prior to starting treatment so you know what to expect.
Dr. Douglas Hamill has been serving Williamsville, Amherst, and the greater Buffalo region for almost 20 years and would love to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We offer targeted, individualized care to patients who need additional help with safeguarding their teeth and healing their gums. When you come to our office, you will always see the same dentist and we don’t shuffle you off to other dentists in our practice.
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