What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge may be the recommended treatment if you are missing one or more teeth. Dental bridges can span the space of multiple missing teeth. The dental bridge will be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and will blend unnoticeably with your smile.
Leaving gaps created by missing teeth may cause your teeth to rotate or shift.
The types of dental bridges:
There are three different types of dental bridges, that are all used for different situations.
Traditional dental bridge
The traditional bridge is used when there are healthy, strong abutment teeth (adjacent teeth) on both sides of the missing tooth. The bridge is held in place by dental crowns which are bonded onto the abutment teeth on both sides to act as the supports.
Cantilever dental bridge
The Cantilever bridge is used when there is only one healthy abutment tooth on one side of the missing teeth. The bridge is held in place by a single crown on the one abutment tooth.
Maryland dental bridge
The Maryland dental bridge doesn’t use crowns, instead it uses either a metal or porcelain framework which is attached to the backside of the abutment teeth on both sides of the missing teeth.
What is the dental bridge procedure?
If our dental professionals decide that a dental bridge is the most suitable treatment for you, we will begin by taking an impression of your smile. This will help ensure that your prosthetic bridge fits perfectly into your smile.
The complexity of your treatment will depend on how many teeth are missing, which bridge is suitable for you and if you chose to receive a dental implant.
In your initial consultation our team will assess your dental condition and advise you if you may require dental implants. While you will be required to have some teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth for the bridging device to attach onto, our team can also place dental implants to anchor a crown or bridge.
Once your bridge has been made in a dental laboratory, the dental team at Honeysuckle Dental will ensure that you are comfortable and relaxed as we place your restoration. Once your restoration has been placed you should regain the function of your bite as well as an aesthetically pleasing smile.
During your initial consultation our dental professionals will discuss with you if crowns or bridges would be better suited to your particular dental condition.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
Dental crowns and bridges can last up to between five to 15 years. However it depends on how well the patient takes care of the tooth and maintains good oral health.