If you have a missing tooth that has created a gap between your teeth, a dental bridge can be used to correct this issue. It is made of a prosthetic tooth (pontic) with crowns on either side. A dental bridge can be made for various conditions using materials like gold, alloys, or porcelain.

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What are the Types of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are of four major types. They are:

  • Traditional Fixed BridgeThis is the most common type of dental bridge and includes a pontic with crowns on either side.
  • Cantilever BridgeWhen the patient has a natural tooth on a single side of the gap, the pontic is supported with that tooth using a crown.
  • Maryland BridgeThis type of bridge is often used to replace the front teeth. It uses a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of your teeth instead of crowns.
  • Implant-Supported BridgeThe implant-supported bridge is similar to the traditional one. However, it is held in place with the help of a dental implant that is placed in the jawbone.

What is the Procedure of Placing a Dental Bridge?

During your first visit, your dentist will assess your mouth and look for any gum disease, infection, enough spacing for the bridge, etc. This will confirm your candidacy for the treatment.

The procedure will begin with reshaping the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth). The dentist will remove some parts of the enamel to make space for the crown to fit on them. We will then take an impression of your teeth which will be sent to the laboratory where your bridge will be fabricated. This takes a few days, which is why a temporary bridge will be placed on the prepared teeth.

When your bridge is ready, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent one. It will be checked for a perfect fit and comfort before being bonded permanently. A curing light will be used to secure it in place.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Bridges resemble your natural teeth in appearance.
  • They fill the gap left by the missing tooth and enhance the appearance of your smile.
  • They improve your bite and ability to chew and speak.
  • Bridges prevent the other teeth from drifting out of place.
  • With proper care, dental bridges can last for over a decade.

The procedure requires minimal follow-up consultations after it is complete. Good oral hygiene and avoiding any food which is bad for your oral health is the key to maintaining dental bridges.

Please reach out to Stockton Creative Dental in Stockton, CA, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Rassiwala. Please call us at (209) 466-5000 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.