Modern advancements in dentistry have provided patients with a wide variety of options for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is a popular choice for patients who are missing several teeth in a row.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The bridge features two anchors on either end and a floating pontic of replacement teeth in its center.
Types of Dental Bridges
Gerda Family Dental offers a variety of different types of bridges, and the one that’s best for you will depend on your treatment needs and preferences.
A traditional bridge is a bridge that uses two dental crowns as anchors. The two teeth neighboring the gap are shaved down to accommodate the placement of the permanent crowns to support the bridge.
An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as anchor points for the bridge rather than the traditional dental crowns. Implant-supported bridges offer the additional benefit of stimulating and helping to preserve the health of the patient’s jawbone.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
A Maryland bonded bridge fixes to the natural teeth neighboring the gap with a system of cleverly placed wires and dental bonding.
A cantilever bridge is designed to fill in a gap of missing teeth when the teeth are missing at the end of an arch. As a result, this style of dental bridge has only one anchor point.
The Bridge Procedure: What To Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge
Getting a dental bridge varies slightly depending on the type of bridge the patient has chosen for their tooth replacement. The process always begins with a consultation, evaluation, and dental X-rays.
- For a traditional dental bridge, the anchor teeth will be prepared at this time before a three-dimensional scan of the mouth is taken. (These patients are then fitted with temporary crowns while they await the placement of their bridge.)
- If the patient is receiving an implant-supported bridge, they will need to go through the dental implant process before the scan can be taken.
- For a Maryland bonded bridge, the dental scan will be taken right away.
Once the patient’s mouth is prepped, a digital scan, along with the patient’s information and design specifications, will be sent to a dental prosthetic manufacturer to be custom-made for a perfect fit and natural look in the patient’s mouth.
Once the bridge is ready, we’ll schedule the patient for a fitting appointment. During this appointment, the dental bridge will be permanently cemented to the anchor teeth or to the dental implants or fixed with wires and dental bonding for a natural look.
Comprehensive Smile Restoration With Our Columbus Dentist
Whether you’re missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or most of your teeth, there are a variety of tooth-replacement treatment options that can be used to restore your smile’s form and function while creating a look that you’re proud to show off.
To learn more about dental bridges and other tooth-replacement treatment options available for you, we welcome you to contact our office to schedule a smile restoration consultation with Dr. Gerda.