Dental bridges are made up of two or more dental crowns for teeth on either side of a gap. The surrounding teeth provide an anchor for pontics, which can be made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials.
Bridges can provide many benefits, including smile restoration, bite stabilization, improved ability to chew and speak, and ensuring other teeth stay in place.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three primary types of dental bridges commonly available:
A traditional bridge creates a crown or implant on either side of a missing tooth to stabilize a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common and are made from either porcelain or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges are only used when there are adjacent teeth on only a single side of the missing teeth. These are mainly used in the front of the mouth, as performing the procedure in the back of the mouth can place excessive force on other teeth and potentially cause damage to them.
– Maryland Bonded
Maryland bonded bridges are made from porcelain and are supported by a metal or porcelain framework. This method involves using supporting metal or porcelain wings on either side of the bridge to be bonded to existing teeth.
Why Would I Need a Bridge?
Most people only require a dental bridge if they lose a tooth due to decay, physical force, or other medical issues. A missing tooth can cause significant issues for a person, as teeth are supposed to work together and in unison. When a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth can drift or tilt toward the empty space over time. This can also have an impact on your bite, placing more stress on your teeth and your jaw, causing pain and discomfort.
Caring for a Dental Bridge
Bridges, like other forms of dental treatments, can fail and break if the supporting teeth or jaw are damaged by disease or decay. By following good dental hygiene and oral health habits, a person with a bridge can prevent further trips to the dentist to correct issues.
Caring for the bridge itself is a bit different, however. You’ll want to clean between your teeth and underneath the bridge itself. Ask your dentist whether a dental pick, flosser, or smaller toothbrush is best to care for your bridge.
To learn more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment to have a procedure performed on your teeth, contact the offices of Don Sing DDS in Northgate, Seattle today.