A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth and is supported by adjacent teeth. The false teeth in a bridge are called pontics and they are fused to two dental crowns on each side. These crowns fit over existing teeth or dental implants and anchor the bridge in place. The result is a natural-looking smile that does not compromise your remaining healthy teeth.
Dental bridges can help restore chewing and speaking functions after tooth loss and prevent changes to your facial shape. Dental bridges can be cared for and maintained just like natural teeth. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily will help remove plaque buildup that can lead to gum disease. You should also regularly visit our dentist at Cadena Dentistry for checkups and cleanings.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more pontics held in place by dental crowns placed on the adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth. The dental crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth, creating a stable and fixed base for the bridge. This type of bridge is suitable when healthy and solid adjacent teeth are available to support the bridge.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
A cantilever bridge is used when only one adjacent tooth is available to support the bridge. The pontic is anchored to a dental crown placed on a single abutment tooth, providing stability and filling the gap. This type of bridge is less common than traditional bridges and may place more stress on the supporting tooth.
Maryland Dental Bridge
Also known as a resin-bonded or Maryland-bonded bridge, this type of bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of adjacent teeth for support. The framework supports the pontic, eliminating the need for dental crowns on the abutment teeth. Maryland bridges are typically used for replacing missing front teeth and are a conservative option that preserves the natural tooth structure.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Replace Missing Teeth
Bridges are an effective solution for filling the space left by one or more missing teeth, restoring the appearance and function of the smile.
Restore Chewing and Speaking Ability
Bridges enable proper chewing and speaking functions, which may be compromised when teeth are missing.
Maintain Facial Structure
Missing teeth can lead to facial sagging and changes in facial structure. Bridges help maintain the natural shape of the face and provide support.
Prevent Shifting of Teeth
The adjacent teeth can shift or tilt into the space when a tooth is lost, leading to bite problems and misalignment. Bridges prevent this shifting by filling the gap.
Visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322 to consult with our dentist and determine if a dental bridge is the appropriate treatment option for your dental condition. The dentist will evaluate your oral health, discuss the benefits and potential risks, and create a personalized treatment plan to address your needs effectively.