Are you missing a tooth? It’s hard to feel confident when you have a gap in your smile that makes you shy away from speaking with others or even take a photo. We get it; we are always told that one of the key features people first notice about a person is their smile which can make you conscious of about it, even more so when you have a gap.
Now, you can fill in the gap with a dental bridge for a full smile you can start showing off. The most common form of filling a gap is an implant. However, dental bridges can bridge the gap between your teeth. Let us find out what is a dental bridge.
It is a bridge with a false tooth(pontic) which is held in place by the surrounding teeth. It is made of two or more crowns which are supported by the surrounding natural teeth to keep in place. They are used to restore your smile, the ability to chew properly and prevent your teeth from shifting out of place.
Types of Dental Bridges
Three types of bridges are used to treat a gap in your smile. They are
- Traditional Bridges – the most common type, is when crowns are made for the adjacent teeth with a pontic in between. The surrounding teeth have crowns made and are prepped for crown treatment to help anchor the pontic.
- Cantilever Bridges – similar to the traditional bridge, but instead of being anchored by the adjacent teeth only one tooth is used (usually the only side). This type of bridge is not common and rarely recommended since it can add more pressure to the tooth.
- Maryland Bridges – are conservative compared to the other bridges since they don’t require the rest of the teeth to be prepped for crown treatment. A Maryland bridge is when the pontic is held by porcelain framework bonded to the back of the two adjacent teeth. There is no need for a crown and to file the surrounding teeth to anchor the pontic.
Process of Dental Bridges
The process for the placement of a dental bridge can be more than one dental visit. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth for the installation of the crown, take impressions of your teeth, and place a temporary one while you wait for your next visit for the completion of the procedure.
Dental bridges are placed permanently on the teeth meaning they cannot be removed without a dentist. The dentist will ensure the crown is adjusted and fitted to your teeth and mouth for the proper comfort when you bite down. With proper care, dental bridges will last 5 to 15 years, of course, it depends how well you care for them. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits will ensure you are crown and pontic remain in good condition for years to come.
If you are missing a tooth, make a consultation appointment to get a full examination of your teeth and discuss treatment options such as dental bridges. You want to fill in your gap as soon as you can to avoid changes to mouth and from your teeth shifting position. Call us today at 801-747-8000 to make an appointment.
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