A radiant smile is a symbol of confidence and good oral health. However, missing teeth may affect your appearance, your speech, your chewing function, and your oral health. Dental bridges are a remarkable solution that bridges the gap between appearance and function.
Dental bridges are a type of fixed dental restoration that replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more pontics (fake teeth) that are supported by abutments (natural teeth or implants) on one or both sides of the gap. The pontics are made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
There are different types of dental bridges, depending on how they are attached and how many teeth they replace. The most common types are:
This is the most popular type of bridge. This type of bridge involves placing dental crowns on both sides of the gap and connecting them with a false tooth or pontic. The crowns anchor the bridge to the surrounding teeth or dental implants.
In this case, dental implants replace the missing roots of the lost tooth. An abutment connects the implant to the pontic, forming a stable base for the bridge.
Suitable for small spaces, this type involves bonding a metal or porcelain framework with extensions to the back of the natural teeth on either side of the gap and attaching the pontics to it. These bridges are less invasive than other types and preserve a more natural tooth structure.
As the name suggests, a single pontic replaces a single missing tooth and is supported by adjacent natural teeth.
Unlike fixed bridges, these can be taken out for cleaning and maintenance. It attaches to existing teeth via metal clasps or precision attachments.
The placement procedure for a dental bridge involves two main steps:
During this visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment (support) teeth by removing some enamel to accommodate the crown restorations. Impressions are taken of the area, which serve as templates for creating customized bridgework. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared teeth while waiting for the permanent bridge.
After the laboratory has fabricated the customized bridge, you will return for another appointment. The temporary bridge is removed, and the new bridge is bonded to the abutment teeth. Adjustments may be made to ensure a correct bite and comfortable fit. Finally, any necessary follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor the success of the dental bridge.
During the procedure, you’ll receive local anesthesia to ensure that you’re comfortable and pain-free. After the procedure, you may experience some soreness, swelling, or sensitivity in your mouth, but these should subside within a few days.
The lifespan of a dental bridge depends on various factors such as patient oral hygiene, diet, lifestyle habits like smoking, and regular checkups with the dentist. On average, well-maintained dental bridges can last between 8 and 10 years, or potentially longer with good care.
Dental bridges may need replacing if they become loose, broken, worn out, or the teeth supporting the bridge become decayed or infected. To help keep the bridge healthy it is good to see the hygienist regularly. The hygienist will gently clean around the bridge to remove any bacteria surrounding it. Some signs that indicate that you may need a new bridge are:
Patients missing one or more teeth due to injury, decay, gum disease, or genetics may benefit from a dental bridge. Ideally, candidates should have healthy gums and sufficient jawbone density to support the bridge. Patients must also commit to maintaining excellent oral hygiene and attending regular dental checkups to ensure long-term success.
Our experienced team at H Williams offers personalized attention and exceptional service to ensure your comfort throughout the entire procedure. We use the latest technology and equipment to provide durable, natural-looking results. Whether you need a single tooth bridge, a dental implant bridge, an implant retained bridge, a dental bridge front teeth, or any other type of bridge, we can help you restore your smile and confidence. Contact us today and schedule a consultation; We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.