What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges offer patients many options for optimal dental care. When a tooth has been lost and healthy teeth are located on both sides, Dr. Schumann may recommend filling the gap by installing an artificial tooth in a dental bridge that is attached to your remaining teeth or a dental implant.
Types of Dental Bridges
Bridges are normally supported by the patient’s natural teeth, dental implants or a combination of both. Popular types of dental bridges include:
- Fixed Bridge – A traditional fixed bridge uses crowns on adjacent teeth and a false tooth (or teeth) within the caps. It takes two supportive teeth on either side of the missing tooth for a fixed bridge.
- Cantilever Bridge – A cantilever bridge supports the missing tooth but on just one side of the empty space where the tooth is missing. Abutment crowns are placed next to each other on existing teeth, with the pontic placed on the end.
- Resin-Bonded Bridge – The bonded bridge has metal framework that has wings on each side of the bridge. The resin retained bridge is a good treatment option for many missing teeth as it is relatively cheap when compared to alternatives such as dental implants.
Popular materials used for a dental bridge includes porcelain and gold fused to metal. The bonded bridge is much less expensive compared to the traditional fixed bridge. The resin-bonded bridge is mainly made out of a durable plastic and is an excellent cost alternative.
How Many Visits Does it Take?
Getting a dental bridge typically requires two or more visits for Dr. Schumann to have the bridge in place. First, the supported teeth are prepared by removing portions of the enamel to allow room for the crown or cap to be placed over the tooth. Impressions of your teeth are then taken and used as a model from which the bridge is made in a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge is used while the permanent appliance is manufactured.
During the second visit, Dr. Schumann will likely remove the temporary bridge and the permanent bridge will be installed and adjusted to fit properly. This step depends on the patient and how much adjustment is needed. During this step, Dr. Schumann may use temporary cement to put the bridge in place to ensure a proper fit to your bite and mouth.
Aftercare of Your Dental Bridges
After the missing teeth are replaced, it will be easier to eat but it may take some time to get used to eating with the bridge. For that reason, Dr. Schumann normally recommends that you eat soft foods or cut your food into smaller pieces.
Dental bridges can last from five to fifteen years, or more. Practicing good oral hygiene will expand the amount of time your fixed bridge can last. Caring for dental bridges is important to keep the supporting teeth healthy and strong. Daily care includes brushing at least twice a day. Flossing daily will help prevent gum disease and other tooth decay.
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