Restoring Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
What Are Dental Bridges Made from?
Dental bridges can have a precious metal alloy substructure that is covered up by porcelain or they can also be made from precious metal alloys, or from dental gold which is polished to give a high sheen. When replacing front teeth and where appearance is particularly important, we can make your bridge from the latest ceramics so it is entirely metal free.
Are There Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are three types of dental bridges that we may use. The first is a traditional dental bridge where the teeth either side of the gap are crowned, with the pontic or replacement tooth being fixed in between. A cantilever bridge is where the abutment teeth are only on one side of the bridge. A Maryland bridge has two wings that are bonded onto the back of the tooth surfaces and which support the pontic. When you come to see us, Dr. Gekht will discuss all possible options with you to ensure you get the most suitable bridge for your specific needs.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Dental Bridge?
- To restore full function so you will be able to chew and speak normally
- Supporting your facial features and maintaining the shape of your face
- Your smile will be restored
- Replacing missing teeth helps distribute biting forces, reducing wear and tear on your existing teeth
- A dental bridge helps prevent other teeth from moving out of position
What Is the Procedure for Having a Dental Bridge?
You will need to visit Simply Smiles at least twice. During the first visit Dr. Gekht will prepare your abutment teeth by shaping them so there is sufficient room for them to be crowned. If these teeth aren’t healthy enough, we can remove them and dental implants can be inserted into your jaw to support the bridge. Once your teeth are prepared, we will take detailed impressions of your teeth so our skilled technicians can fabricate your new bridge to our exact specifications. Next, we will create a temporary bridge that will be worn while your custom bridge is being fabricated.
On your next visit, we will remove your temporary bridge and can try in your new bridge. If necessary we can make any small adjustments to ensure it fits perfectly and you will get to see your new bridge in position before we cement it permanently in place.
How Should I Look after My New Bridge?
Good oral hygiene is extremely important as the abutment teeth must remain strong and healthy so they can support your new bridge. Make sure you brush at least twice daily and that you floss once-a-day. It is important to clean underneath the pontic where food and plaque can become trapped and we can show you exactly how to do this. Making sure you look after your bridge and that you come to see us twice a year for regular check-ups and cleanings will help ensure any small problems are detected early on and will prolong the life of your dental bridge. When properly looked after, a bridge should last at least 10 years or more.
A conventional dental bridge is a more cost-effective solution for replacing missing teeth compared to dental implants. However it’s important to bear in mind that we will need to modify healthy teeth in order to place the crowns which can weaken them and leave them more susceptible to infection and decay.
If you’re interested in restoring your smile with a bridge, then why not give Simply Smiles a call? You can contact us direct at 941-921-4654 or you can book an appointment with Dr. Gekht by filling in our online form.