Ask a Dentist: Are Dental Bridges the Solution for My Missing Teeth?

Posted on: November 23, 2021

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Dental bridges are a restoration that is typically recommended when a patient has multiple missing teeth next to each other. The bridge is a set of artificial teeth called pontics, and it is anchored down on the two teeth closest to the gap, called abutments.

A bridge restores the function and appearance of missing teeth, and it provides more stability than dentures. The appliances are fixed in place once installed by a dentist, and they do not require much special care.

What to expect when getting dental bridges

There are different types of bridges used in dentistry. These include traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported dental bridges. Here is a closer look at the different types of bridges:

  • Traditional: These are the most commonly used type of dental bridges, and they are recommended when there are healthy teeth on both sides of the gap created by the missing teeth that can serve as abutments for the restoration. Traditional bridges also tend to be the most secure type of bridge
  • Cantilever: These are recommended when there is only one tooth available to anchor down the restoration with
  • Maryland: Maryland bridges use two natural teeth as abutments, just as is the case with traditional bridges, but it does not involve placing crowns on the two teeth closest to the gap. Instead, a Maryland bridge uses a porcelain or metal framework that is bonded to the backs of the teeth used as abutments. This allows the dentist to avoid making permanent alterations to the abutments in preparation for crowns
  • Implant-supported: Dental implants are oral prosthetics that replace missing teeth. They can be used to anchor down restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures. Implant-supported bridges often involve using implants to replace the teeth at the end of the gap and then using the implant crowns as abutments

The dental bridge process

A dentist evaluates patients interested in replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge to determine whether it is the right solution for them. The process varies depending on the type of bridge being installed, but it typically looks like this:

The two teeth closest to the gap are prepared for crowns by removing enamel from their sides. This makes for a better fit with the crown, providing more stability. An impression of the patient’s mouth is then taken and sent to a dental lab, where restorations are made. The process takes about two weeks for the finished customized restoration to get back to the dentist. The patient’s prepared teeth are covered with temporary crowns to protect them while the person waits for their dental bridge.

During a second appointment, the temporary crowns are removed, and the abutments for the bridge are cemented into place. Alterations are made as needed to make sure everything looks right.

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

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