Dental Bridges – What you need to know.
Dental bridges are fixed prosthesis which are usually composed of 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.
When needed 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.
- 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.
- Forming a mold of the teeth.
- Protecting the exposed teeth and gums with a temporary prosthesis.
- Placement of the custom-made bridge based on the mold.
How Many Types of Dental Bridges Are There?
The condition of the patient’s teeth, mouth and gums dictate the appropriate type:
- Traditional bridges – are recommended for cases when there are present healthy teeth on each side 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.
What are the materials used for Dental Bridges?
Indeed, modern dentistry offers a variety of hypoallergenic durable materials that wear well and look very naturalistic. The idea is to come as close to the shape and color of your teeth as possible while keeping it at the reasonable price point.
Porcelain – durable and very natural looking material, offering a variety of color shades to match your natural teeth color and allowing to accurately reproduce the tiniest details on the surface of the tooth.
Zirconium – more precizely zirconium oxide (aka zirconia) is one of the most durable materials that is used now in many industries, as it extremely reliable material
Metal – Metal bridges are rarely used now for the aesthetical reasons, but might be recommended as a solution to withstand extra pressure on the teeth (in case of teeth grinding)
We evaluate thoroughly your situation before advising on the appropriate bridge type that will work better for you based on the digital images and thorough examination. During personal consultation, we will carefully go over all the options, you will know all the details of the procedure and our recommendation. We will discuss all the underlying conditions with you so that you will know what the procedure entails.
Of course, special attention and assessment is needed if bridges on implants are needed since this procedure requires dental surgery. In order to create support for the bridge, in case, when the adjoining teeth are missing, or are not healthy, making it impossible to reliably secure the prosthetic, dental implants are surgically inserted in the jawbone. As with any surgery, this type of surgery requires extra evaluation and attention.
Remember: having dental prosthesis doesn’t absolve anyone of dental care, every patient needs to brush and floss their teeth every day while continuing to make regular visits to the dentist and have professional cleanings as scheduled.
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 your appointment.