A bridge is a fixed appliance which is used for replacing missing natural teeth. Unlike the dentures which are removable and gain support from the underlying jaw bone and soft tissues, bridges remain fixed to the adjacent natural teeth or implants. As a result, they offer superior chewing efficiency, durability, and aesthetics in comparison to the conventional removable dentures.
Who can Benefit from Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are an excellent tooth replacement option in the following situations:
- Replacing Old Dentures – bridges are an excellent choice if you want to get rid of your uncomfortable and unaesthetic dentures.
- When Dental Implants are Contra-indicated – undoubtedly, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. However, in cases when patients cannot afford or are medically unfit for getting implants, fixed bridges are an excellent alternative.
What are Different Types of Bridges?
At Metro Dental, we offer three different types of dental bridges:
- Conventional Bridges – these are the bridges which gain support from natural teeth or implants on both sides of the missing tooth gap. The supporting teeth on both sides receive crowns, to which the artificial teeth or the pontics are attached. These bridges are used for replacing the molar and premolar teeth which receive heavy masticatory forces
- Cantilever Bridges – like the cantilever architectural bridges, these dental bridges are supported only at one end. Since they are not as strong as the conventional bridges, they are mostly used for cosmetic purposes – to replace the front teeth which do not receive heavy chewing forces.
- Maryland Bridges – These are considered as the tooth conservative type of dental bridges. In Maryland bridges, the pontics are attached on either side by a metal mesh or framework. This mesh is attached to the inner surfaces of the teeth. They also do not require the removal of the natural tooth structure.
How are Bridges Prepared?
Preparation of teeth bridges is carried out in the following steps at Metro Dental:
- Initial Consultation and Treatment Planning – during your first visit, Dr. Lynn will examine your teeth and evaluate study models and x-ray images of your teeth. This is done to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for getting bridges, and to prepare a customized treatment plan.
- Tooth Preparation – during the next appointment, Dr. Lynn will prepare the teeth which will support the bridge. This is done by removing a thin outer enamel layer of the supporting teeth, to create room for the attachment of the bridge.
- Making Tooth Impressions – next, Dr. Lynn will make impressions of your teeth and send them to the laboratory for preparing the bridges.
- Attaching the Bridge – in the next appointment, Dr. Lynn will check the prepared bridge for fit and aesthetics by placing it on the supporting teeth without bonding them. When you and Dr. Lynn are satisfied, she will attach the bridge to the abutment teeth by using adhesive cement.
How to Look After Dental Bridges?
If you want to extend the life of your dental bridges, then you should take care of the following things:
Maintain Optimal Oral Hygiene – when you follow regular oral hygiene measures like brushing and flossing, you not only prevent teeth cavities and gum problems in your natural teeth, but you also enhance the life of your bridges and other prostheses.
Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods – eating sticky or hard foods can result in the dislodgment of your bridge. Therefore, you should avoid eating these types of foods directly with your bridge.
Visit us Regularly – when you visit Metro Dental regularly for checkups, Dr. Lynn will be able to identify problems with your bridge and other prostheses before they can cause any problems.
Bridges are certainly a superior tooth replacement alternative to removable dentures. Here’s your chance to say goodbye to your old and painful dentures. Visit us today and let us give you a beautiful and lasting smile with bridges.