What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is usually used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with afalse tooth/teeth in between. The false tooth/teeth are called pontics, and can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants, and are cemented into place. They can be removable (which means they can be taken out by the patient), or they can be fixed (which means they are permanently attached to the adjacent teeth).
If you are considering getting a dental bridge, it is important to consult with your dentist to see if this is the best option for you. A dental bridge is a type of fixed prosthodontic (false teeth) restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is cemented onto adjacent natural teeth, and false tooth(s) are placed in between.
Benefits of dental bridges
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is used to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth. The main benefit of a dental bridge is that it can restore your smile and improve your oral health. A healthier mouth leads to better overall health, so it’s important to take care of your teeth.
In addition to improving your appearance, bridges can also help to preserve the shape of your face and jaw. When you lose a tooth, the bone around that tooth begins to deteriorate. This can cause your teeth to shift out of place and can lead to further problems such as TMJ disorder and bite problems. Bridges help to prevent these issues by keeping your teeth in their proper position.
Bridges are also beneficial for people who have difficulty speaking or chewing properly due to missing teeth.
The process of getting dental bridges
Dental bridges are a common and effective way to replace one or more missing teeth. The process of getting dental bridges usually takes place over the course of two or three dental visits.
During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth, which are the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The abutment teeth will be shaved down slightly and an impression will be made of them. This impression will be used to create the custom dental bridge.
Meanwhile, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge so that your smile is not affected during the weeks it takes to create your custom bridge. During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and check the fit of your custom bridge. Once it is determined that the fit is good, your dentist will cement the bridge in place.
Different types of dental bridges
There are multiple types of dental bridges that your dentist may recommend, depending on your individual needs. The most common type is a traditional bridge, which consists of two dental crowns with a false tooth in between. This type of bridge is typically used when there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap to be filled. Another option is an cantilever bridge, which only requires one anchoring tooth. This type of bridge is typically used when there is only one healthy adjacent tooth. A resin-bonded bridge is another option, which uses metal bands bonded with resin to adjacent teeth for support. This type of bridge is usually used in the front of the mouth where aesthetics are a concern.
A dental bridge is one way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The procedure involves anchoring artificial teeth to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two.
The decision to get a dental bridge should be made in consultation with a dentist or dental prosthetist. They will assess the health of your teeth and gums and make sure that a bridge is the best option for you. The type of bridge you receive will depend on the number of missing teeth, where they are located in your mouth, and your personal preferences.
If you are considering getting a dental bridge, it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.
If you have any questions about dental bridges, call our Costa Mesa office at (714) 434-7100.