Dental bridges bridge the gap between one or more than one missing teeth. A bridge comprises of two or more crowns—on either side of the gap between your teeth. The two or more teeth that anchor the bridge are called abutment teeth. The dental bridge is completed by the false tooth or teeth, also called pontics, between the abutment teeth. The pontics are generally made from a material such as porcelain, metal alloys, gold, alloys, or a combination of such material. Also, overall, a dental bridge is supported by dental implants or natural teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- It restores your smile
- Gives back the ability to chew and speak
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Ensures distribution of bite force after teeth replacement
- Restricts remaining teeth from moving out of position
Types of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have three primary types. The most common is the traditional bridges that are made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal material. Dentists recommend cantilever bridges when there are adjacent teeth on just one side of the missing teeth or tooth. Maryland bonded bridges or resin-bonded bridges are made of plastic teeth and gums, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal material, and supported by a porcelain or metal framework.
Placing the Dental Bridge
During your first dental visit at Dr. Franklin Green’s dental office, abutment teeth are prepared, followed by impressions of your teeth to create the bridge, crowns, and pontic in a dental lab. You are given a temporary bridge while the bridge is made. On your second visit, the temporary bridge is taken out, and the new metal or porcelain bridge is checked for fit and bite, and this may require multiple visits.
What’s the Life Span of Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can work effectively for between five to 15 years, and sometimes longer depending on proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.
Is Eating Difficult With a Dental Bridge?
The fact that your missing teeth were replaced with a dental bridge will make eating significantly easy. However, first feel accustomed to your dental bridge, eat small pieces of soft food, and you will soon forget you are wearing a dental bridge.
Will Dental Bridges Restore Speaking Efficiency?
Missing teeth can make speaking fluently awkward. However, when you wear a properly-made and fitted dental bridge, it will help you speak without the disturbance caused by missing teeth.
To replace your missing teeth with dental bridges, please call Dr. Franklin Green’s dental clinic at 562.594.6299 to schedule your appointment and receive your dental bridges.
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