At Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth, Texas we want you to have the best smile possible. You may have missing teeth and think you may never have a beautiful smile again. But with dental bridges we can return your smile and give you a health mouth and bite. Dental bridges bridge the gap between your natural teeth and the missing tooth or teeth. There are many benefits to dental bridges.
- Restoration of your smile
- Restore your ability to speak and chew properly
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Improve your bite and distribute the force of your bite by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of place
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges used today.
A traditional bridge uses a crown for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to hold the replacement tooth, or pontic, in place. Traditional bridges are made of either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.
Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one tooth adjacent to the missing tooth. These can’t be used in the back of the mouth, and are not very common in today’s dental treatments.
Maryland bonded bridges, also known as resin-bonded bridges, use metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge to hold the pontic in place, and are bonded to your existing teeth. These may be made of porcelain fused to metal, porcelain, or plastic teeth and gums supported by porcelain or metal framework.
Dental Bridge Procedure
It takes more than one visit to get a dental bridge and the proper fit. On the first visit the doctor will prepare the abutment (surrounding) teeth. A portion of the enamel is removed and the teeth are recontoured to allow room for a crown. An impression of the teeth is made and this serves as a model for the bridge, pontic, and crowns to be fabricated in the lab. You will receive a temporary bridge to wear while the permanent bridge is being made.
At the next visit the doctor will remove the temporary bridge and the new bridge will be placed. The doctor will check and adjust the fit when the bridge is first placed. Depending on your case, you may need to come back to the office multiple times to check the fit of the metal framework and have your bridge adjusted to achieve the most natural bite possible. If the bridge is a fixed bridge, the doctor will cement it in, and then after a few weeks permanently cement it into your mouth once the correct fit is achieved.
Your doctor will discuss your options with you and help you decide which type of bridge is best for you. At Beyond Smile Dental we care about your oral health, and your smile. Contact us today and ask about our dental bridges and restoring your natural smile and bite.