What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed prosthesis which are usually composed by two abutments
(anchoring dental crowns) and a pontic (false tooth). The pontic is anchored in place of a missing tooth while the abutments are secured to the teeth on either side of the gap. In cases of need, this type of fixed dental prosthesis can replace more than one missing tooth. Being held in place by the patient’s own teeth located on the side of the missing one (or by implants if that’s the case), bridges are considered permanent and hard to remove.
How Is a Dental Bridge Done?
Step one consists in filing down the 2 healthy teeth on the sides of the gap, or placing artificial roots of titanium metal which are meant to hold the bridge down in case there are no viable teeth in the vicinity of the gap.
- Step two consists in making a mold of the teeth in order to custom-make the bridge.
- Step three is protecting the exposed teeth and gums with a temporary prosthesis.
- Step four represents the actual placement of the bridge.
How Many Types of Dental Bridges Are There?
The condition of the patient’s teeth, mouth and gums dictates the appropriate type of dental bridge:
- Traditional bridges – are recommended for cases when there are present healthy teeth on each sides of the missing tooth.
- Implant bridges – are recommended when the teeth around the gap are either not healthy or missing entirely. In this case, dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone in order to support the custom-made bridge.
- Resin-bonded bridges – are recommended when the missing teeth are in the front of the mouth
- Cantilever bridges – are recommended when healthy teeth are present on only one side of the missing teeth
Remember: having dental prosthesis doesn’t absolve anyone of dental care, every patient needing to brush and floss their teeth every day, while continuing to make regular visits to the dentist and have professional cleanings done as well.
Taking proper care of dental bridges, makes them last for at least 10 years. Doctor Davidson will certainly advise you on how to properly care for your dental prosthesis, so contact us today to book you appointment.