Dental bridges are non-removable appliances that replace missing teeth restoring full functionality, providing proper alignment, and improving overall dental health. A dental bridge consists of crowns anchored by natural teeth or dental implants and a pontic that replaces the missing tooth.
This teeth replacement option comes in various varieties such as porcelain, metal, fused metal, Zirconia, ceramic, acrylic, or a combination of two materials.
Dental bridges for front teeth are made up of aesthetically pleasing materials such as Zirconia or porcelain. They restore your smile by blending with the color of your natural teeth. Here are the series of steps to expect when replacing your teeth with dental bridges.
Face-to-face consultation with your dentist must be carried out to determine whether dental bridges are the right treatment option for you. In addition, a comprehensive examination of your jaw and teeth will be carried out to examine the extent of teeth loss.
3D dental scans may be used so that the dentist gets a clearer look at your jaw structure. Moreover, the health of your remaining teeth will be evaluated. Finally, your dentist will come up with a suitable individualized treatment plan for you.
Should you require additional dental treatments to improve the health of your gums and teeth, they will be carried out before the dental bridge procedure.
There are several types of dental bridges available for use. Patients who want their teeth restored in a day will have same-day dental bridges placed. Special computer software is used to take an optical impression of your teeth and design the required crowns for the bridge.
Tooth-colored ceramic will be designed according to the specifications, refined then permanently cemented into place. You may also opt for lab-fabricated dental bridges, which take a couple of weeks to design in the dental laboratory.
A temporary bridge protects your smile as permanent replacements are being made. Your dentist will help you in choosing the ideal one for you, depending on your needs.
Some of them are:
a. Traditional Bridges
Also known as fixed dental bridges, traditional bridges consist of two dental crowns on each side with prosthetic or artificial teeth. These crowns are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap while holding the artificial teeth in the position of the missing teeth.
If you have considered replacing front teeth with a bridge, traditional bridges are an option.
Missing posterior teeth can also be replaced using these bridges as they are strong and can withstand the significant force of the molars as they function. Fixed bridge teeth are porcelain fused with metal for strength, durability, and a natural appearance.
b. Maryland Bridges
This bridge is recommended for individuals who want to replace only one missing front tooth. The bridge is bonded to the backs of adjacent teeth instead of being supported by crowns placed over them. Your natural teeth will not need to be altered as the bridge is held using special resin wings.
c. Cantilever Bridges
Cantilever bridges resemble traditional bridges but have a single dental crown instead of two. The crown is supported by the tooth or implant on one side of the gap as the pontic fills the gap. These bridges are ideal for replacing a single front tooth or several front teeth where the adjacent teeth do not require any adjustments.
d. Implant-Supported Bridges
These bridges are considered the most successful option as they can replace both front and back teeth. Implants are surgically fitted into your jawbone and anchor the bridge, which consists of only a pontic. Therefore, an implant bridge only supports one tooth.
The abutment teeth or the teeth that will support the bridge need to be prepared. Some tooth enamel will be removed to accommodate the dental crowns, which will be placed over them. A 3D impression of your teeth will be taken to help in the fabrication of your replacement teeth.
The procedure varies based on the type of bridge that you have chosen. For any of the procedures chosen, dental anesthetics will be used so that you remain comfortable during the procedure.
At Family Smile Dental Center, dental bridges are recommended to receive the same care given to natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss your teeth at least once. Attend routine dental exams and cleanings to ensure that the dental bridges last for a long time.