If you have one or more missing teeth, you understand the effect that missing teeth can have on one’s confidence. What’s more is that missing teeth can change the shape of one’s face, and even make it difficult to eat and speak. With this in mind, have you considered the benefits of a dental bridge? With multiple styles and types, dental bridges essentially bridge the gap for a new smile. While one’s self-esteem is restored, a dental bridge revitalizes the shape of one’s face and gives a full, youthful appearance. In addition, a bridge helps balance the forces of one’s bite, while preventing teeth from shifting into the spaces left by missing teeth. Are you ready to bridge the gap for your new smile?
Generally speaking, there are three types of dental bridges. Consider the following:
Traditional Bridges: Made of porcelain, metal or ceramic, traditional dental bridges are the most common type and style. In order for a traditional bridge to be placed, a crown or a dental implant is needed on both sides of the bridge to “anchor” it in place. The bridged teeth are then located in the middle section.
Cantilever Bridge: When natural, adjacent teeth are only present on one side of a missing tooth or teeth, a cantilever bridge is used. This type of bridge is far less common than conventional types.
Resin-Bonded Bridge (Maryland Bridge): With a metal or porcelain framework to support gums, a resin-bonded bridge or Maryland Bridge is comprised of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or plastic. “Wings” made of metal or porcelain is often bonded to a patient’s existing teeth on one side of the bridge.
In most cases, the process of getting a dental bridge requires two appointments. The first visit includes taking impressions of existing teeth and preparing the abutment teeth. These teeth are the actual replacement teeth, and they are contoured in a custom design so that a crown can be securely placed over them. Patients will also receive a temporary dental bridge to wear until their final restoration is complete. While the final dental bridge is placed during the second visit, it’s important to understand that additional appointments might be needed to ensure that the bridge adjusts and fits properly. As with other restorations, the process and timeline for obtaining a final dental bridge is best understood on a case-by-case basis.
At Seven Hills Dentistry, we understand that missing teeth can create a host of oral and dental health problems. Fortunately, we have restorative dental treatments and procedures aimed at restoring our patients’ smiles and advancing their oral health. What’s more is that we take the necessary time to educate patients and answer their questions. To learn more about your options in a comfortable, pleasing environment, call Seven Hills Dentistry today.
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