Dental Bridges

Bridges

A bridge is meant to close gaps in your smile. If you have missing teeth, a bridge of false teeth can be used and held in place by the existing teeth. Bridges are typically made from porcelain to blend in with your natural teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are four types of dental bridges: cantilever, implant-supported, Maryland, and traditional  bridges.

Cantilever bridges function like a traditional bridge, however, only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth is required to close the gap. Like traditional bridges, cantilever bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal. Cantilever bridges are typically used to restore front teeth, as they are not strong enough to support molars and back teeth.

Implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks. Implant-supported bridges are considered the strongest and most stable bridge system. Implant-supported bridges are best for patients with three or more missing teeth in a row. This is a surgical process and once the implant site has healed, the bridge will be positioned at a later appointment.

Maryland bonded bridges use a metal framework and porcelain wings that is bonded onto the backs of the supporting teeth. Maryland bridges are used to restore the front teeth as they are not strong enough to support the bite of back teeth and molars. Many patients who choose Maryland bonded bridges like that their natural teeth do not need to be altered to support the bond.

A traditional bridge is the most common type of dental bridge when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth. A false tooth is held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto the supporting existing teeth. Traditional bridges are typically used to restore molars and back teeth.

Taking Care of Your Dental Bridge

Caring for your dental bridges is important to keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Avoid hard foods, ice, raw vegetables, and sticky candies, as these kinds of foods can dislodge or break your dental bridge. Treat your bridges like you would your own teeth and brush twice a day, floss and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Contact Sunny Smiles today to find out which type of denture would be right for you. Our staff will help answer your questions and help you along in the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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