What Are Dental Bridges?
Saddleback Dental Centre stresses the importance of replacing missing teeth. Dental bridges are a dental restoration that can accomplish this. Bridges consist of a false tooth (pontic) between two crowns attached to surrounding natural teeth or implants. Bridges are custom-made to match the colour of surrounding teeth and fit over remaining teeth. They restore the appearance and function of your smile and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.
Options for Dental Bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, Maryland bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges.
- Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of a Pontic tooth, and two dental crowns attached to the surrounding natural teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges, also known as resin-bonded bridges, are a more conservative option compared to traditional bridges. They consist of a pontic tooth that is attached to metal or porcelain wings, which are then bonded to the back of the surrounding natural teeth.
- Cantilever bridges are used to replace a missing tooth when there is only one natural tooth next to the gap. They consist of a pontic tooth and one dental crown that is attached to the single adjacent natural tooth.
It is important to note that the best type of bridge for an individual will depend on their specific needs and oral health. Saddleback Dental Centre will be able to advise you which type of bridge is best for your situation.
The Dental Bridge Procedure Is Non-Invasive
Placing a dental bridge is a non-invasive procedure that does not require surgery. For those who may be nervous about discomfort or sensitivity, mild sedation is available to help you feel relaxed and at ease during the procedure. Your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic, and may also use numbing gel and ice packs to minimize discomfort. If you have concerns about the procedure, you can discuss sedation options with our team at Saddleback Dental Centre.
Our Procedure for Dental Bridges
The dental bridge procedure typically involves two or more appointments. The steps involved in the procedure are as follows:
- Consultation and Diagnosis: We will examine your mouth, take x-rays and impressions of the teeth, and discuss options for a dental bridge.
- Preparation: We will prepare the surrounding teeth for crowns by removing a portion of the enamel. Impressions will be taken of the prepared teeth and sent to a dental lab to make the custom-made crowns and pontic.
- Placement of Temporary Bridge: A temporary bridge will be placed to protect the prepared teeth and provide functional chewing ability until the permanent bridge is ready.
- Receiving the Permanent Bridge: When the permanent bridge is ready, we will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge. The bridge will be checked for fit, colour, and bite.
- Final Adjustments: The dentist may make any necessary final adjustments to the permanent bridge to ensure proper fit and function.
- Caring for the Bridge: You will be given instructions on how to care for your dental bridge, including regular dental cleanings, good oral hygiene practices, and avoiding certain foods that can damage the bridge.
It is important to note that the exact steps of the procedure may vary depending on the type of bridge being used and your individual needs.
How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Bridge?
To care for your temporary dental bridge, avoid sticky and hard foods, practice good oral hygiene, avoid biting hard objects, chew food gently, and attend regular dental appointments. Follow the instructions provided and contact Saddleback Dental Centre if you experience any issues. Proper care will ensure the temporary bridge lasts until the permanent one is ready.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Some benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restores chewing and speaking function
- Maintains proper bite and alignment
- Prevents remaining teeth from shifting
- Restores smile and facial appearance
- Durable and long-lasting
- Conserves healthy tooth structure
- Simple and straightforward procedure
- Requires minimal adjustments
- Low maintenance
- Improves oral health and hygiene