Dental bridges are a custom-created dental appliance that bridge the space created in the mouth by missing teeth. These devices require crowns to anchor them into your gum while using fake teeth around them to fill the space. These false teeth may be constructed out of a variety of materials like porcelain, gold, or other metal alloys. Your natural teeth will provide the necessary support for the dental bridge while in your mouth.
Patients suffering from tooth loss or shifting teeth benefit from a dental bridge’s ability to stabilize alignment while also replacing lost teeth. Bridges also help make it possible to eat and speak properly once again. Additional benefits of a dental bridge include:
The type of dental bridge you may need depends on the condition of your current teeth. Today’s technology offers many options for solving missing tooth issues, and there are four types of dental bridges which could work for your situation.
Traditional dental bridge
This bridge requires the creation of crowns on either side of the missing tooth with pontic (fake teeth) in between. This is the most typical dental bridge made of porcelain and other fused metals.
The Maryland bridge is a conservatively-styled dental bridge that uses false teeth which stay in place with a framework. These bridges do not need crowns to remain in place but instead are bonded to existing teeth. The framework is bonded to the adjacent teeth to replace those lost. Typically constructed from porcelain or a mix of porcelain and metal, and even plastic. The Maryland bridge is preferred for those who are missing single teeth.
This bridge relies on dental implants to support it, so an oral surgeon usually puts in an implant for each missing tooth and then uses them to keep the bridge in place.
This bridge is not a common dental bridge option due to the nature of how it works. When there are only adjacent teeth available to support the denture on one side of the gap, you may consider this treatment. Keep in mind that there is an increased risk of damaging those adjacent support teeth because of the uneven force put on them.
Bridges are designed to last for many years when they are appropriately maintained. Your dental care provider will show you the correct way to clean your bridge and your entire mouth to increase your bridge’s lifespan. You may need to adjust your diet to accommodate your new dental bridge. Oral experts recommend avoiding some of the following foods if you wear a bridge:
If you have missing or decayed teeth, a dental bridge offers a way to not only prevent further problems in your mouth but also help maintain proper alignment for speaking and chewing. Patients will also benefit from increased self-esteem with the beautiful smile these devices help restore.
Dr. Nancy Herbst of Union City Oral Surgery Group has 25 years of experience providing oral and maxillofacial surgery in New Jersey. Her patients are cared for with the most up-to-date technology available so that she creates an exceptional surgical experience. Contact us at (201) 601-9262 to learn more about implant supported overdentures and our practice.