A dental bridge is a treatment for missing teeth that consists of a pontic tooth that is supported by dental crowns, implants, or wings that extend behind the teeth to hold them in place. This pontic tooth sits in the space where you have a missing tooth to fill in gaps in the smile, prevent teeth from shifting, and restore tooth structure and functionality.
They can be made of durable materials like metal or aesthetic materials like porcelain, or a combination of materials. A bridge can replace one or a few missing teeth but is not a treatment for extensive tooth loss. Contact us at Brad Wisowaty, DDS to schedule a consultation with a Valparaiso dentist.
With proper care, a dental bridge can last for 10 years.
Dr. Brad will need to examine your teeth to determine if you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge.
Some of your teeth will be used to support the bridge and we will need to prepare them to receive dental crowns by filing down these teeth into the ideal shape and creating enough room for the crowns to fit on top. This is done under local anesthesia.
After preparing your teeth, we will take impressions and send them to a dental lab that will create your bridge. Using a shade guide, we can color-match your bridge to the rest of your teeth. We will place a temporary bridge over your teeth until we receive your official one.
The dental lab will use your impressions to create a custom-made bridge that fits perfectly over your teeth and looks natural.
Once we have your bridge at the office, you’ll come back for a quick appointment to check the fit and appearance. If you’re happy with it, we will bond it in place.
A traditional bridge is a bridge that is supported by two abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Both of these teeth are given dental crowns which are attached to a pontic tooth in the middle. They are all connected through one prosthesis as a bridge.
A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional one but it only utilizes one tooth and one crown to anchor the pontic tooth which is suspended in the gums to fill in the gap of the missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are also called resin-bonded bridges and these are the only bridges that don’t require placing crowns or implants on the abutment teeth. It’s most commonly used to replace missing front teeth. The pontic tooth is anchored by wings that extend behind the teeth and they are bonded in place.
Much like a traditional bridge, two teeth act as anchors for the bridge but if your teeth aren’t stable enough to support the bridge or you have to remove them, we can replace them with dental implants and the pontic tooth will be connected to the crowns that are attached to the implants.
You should limit chewy foods when getting used to a dental bridge.
Bridges have an average lifespan of 5 to 7 years but this depends on how you care for your bridge and oral health. You should avoid stains and wear and tear and practice good oral hygiene.
You may experience temporary tooth sensitivity after receiving a dental bridge.