What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied with artificial teeth. This device is normally made up of two or more artificial teeth that are flanked by crowns, which are used to anchor the bridge to your natural teeth.
When is a Dental Bridge Necessary?
A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth into the gap left by a missing tooth. If your teeth shift, it can lead to difficulties when biting down, jaw complications and can resultant in gum disease. They safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
What are the Types of Dental Bridges?
The three main types of bridges are traditional, cantilever and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common and consist of a filler, an artificial tooth, which is attached to two crowns. The Maryland bridge is used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to backs of the adjacent teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
The cantilever bridge is similar to the traditional bridge however it is bonded to your natural teeth by a crown on one side of the artificial tooth. This bridge is normally used when you lose your back teeth. For example, a typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other with the filler tooth connected on the end of the crowned teeth to fill the gap.
What is the Procedure for Placing a Dental Bridge?
Patients that require bridges can expect to have their adjacent teeth prepared to receive crowns. In a traditional procedure, impressions of the patient's teeth will be made to create the permanent bridge. A temporary bridge will be fitted in the meantime to protect the teeth and gums while the permanent solution is made. During a second visit, the temporary bridge will be replaced with a porcelain or metal bridge. It may take several visits to adjust and check on the framework before the full treatment is complete.
We can Create and Place Dental Bridges Quickly at our Provo Dentist Office!
However, at our practice, we rely on CEREC Technology to ensure we can provide same day permanent bridge placement.