Dental bridges are one of the most common dental implants. The easiest way to describe them is as a literal bridge, used to close the gap between healthy, natural teeth and missing teeth — or teeth that need to be replaced. They accomplish a great many improvements for your teeth.
- Dental bridges will help maintain proper facial structure and aesthetics
- Dental bridges restore your smile to its former glory
- Dental bridges help restore proper bite
- Dental bridges restore your ability to chew properly, and speak naturally
What Makes a Dental Bridge?
One of the reasons patients have become so comfortable with dental bridges is because they are quite simple. In fact, a bridge is made up of two or more crowns (one for each side of the gap) and a prosthetic tooth to make up the space in between. The false teeth used are known as “pontics” and are made from porcelain, gold, allows, or a combination of materials.
Did You Know?: There are Different Kinds of Dental Bridges
A few different kinds of dental bridges exist to solve a variety of dental problems. These include traditional dental bridges, resin-bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges.
Traditional dental bridges
A traditional bridge (explained above) includes a crown for each tooth on either side of the gap and a prosthetic “pontic” in between. These are, naturally, the most common type of dental bridge.
Cantilever dental bridges
A cantilever dental bridge is frequently used when there is only one healthy tooth adjacent to the missing tooth. This procedure is becoming increasingly rare, and is not frequently used for the back teeth (which are often exposed to greater pressure than the front teeth).
A resin bonded dental bridge can be made of either porcelain fused to metal, porcelain, or even plastic teeth and gums that are supported by a porcelain or metal base. On top of this, porcelain or metal “wings” are attached on either side to your existing teeth.
Resin-retained bridges are often used when a patient has more than one missing tooth. They are also preferred for their affordability and success rate when it comes to replacing more than one tooth. Their installation requires a very small amount of damage to surrounding teeth, and potential failure is as simple as de-bonding — rather than a fracturing of healthy adjacent teeth.
Do you have a question about dental implants or dental bridges in Garden Grove? You’re in luck! We have answers. Contact our friendly dental team today for a consultation or to learn more about your options.