When you have a row of one or more missing teeth and want to fill them, dental bridges can be the solution you are looking for. A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that is used to bridge or fill the space created by several missing teeth in a row.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are dental devices that can help restore one or several missing teeth and are mostly preferred by patients who want to fill their lost teeth but do not wish to undergo dental implant surgery.
A dental bridge is typically composed of a prosthetic tooth that replaces the missing tooth, and it is held in place by two dental crowns, each one on either side of the missing tooth. A dental bridge is permanently cemented in position, and a well-maintained bridge can offer superior function for longer periods, making it a durable dental restoration option.
Though the artificial tooth can be manufactured using several materials like alloys, porcelain, gold, or a combination of these, more people choose porcelain veneers due to their natural appearance.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Dental bridges are an effective and cost-efficient procedure to replace missing teeth.
- Unlike dental implant surgery, the procedure of dental bridges does not involve any pain or downtime.
- Bridges help correct and distribute the patient's natural biting and chewing ability by replacing missing teeth.
- Dental bridges restore the patient's natural smile and ability to speak well.
- By replacing missing tooth's gaps, dental bridges help prevent the neighboring teeth in the mouth from shifting out of their ideal place towards the gap.
- Replacing missing teeth using bridges helps maintain facial structure.
- Bridges can be custom-made to match the appearance and aesthetics of the patient's smile.
Types of Dental Bridges
During the placement of traditional bridges, the crowns are fitted on the abutment teeth, and the artificial tooth is placed in between.
If there is only one abutment tooth present, a cantilever bridge is used.
Maryland Bonded Bridges comprises plastic teeth held in place by metal attachments bonded to the patient's existing teeth.
- Implant-Supported Bridges
During the placement of implant-supported bridges, there is no need to file or trim down any existing teeth to support the crown. They are supported with the help of dental implants that acts like tooth roots to stimulate the bones.
At River Family Dentistry, we start by examining the patient's mouth to understand their condition and determine the type of bridges they need. Later, we prepare and reshape the abutment teeth by filing some of the enamel to place the dental crown over their top. With the help of a digital intraoral scanner, a digital impression of your teeth will be obtained to fabricate the dental bridge, crowns, and pontics at our dental lab.
During your initial visit to our dental office, we will place a temporary dental bridge to protect the patient's exposed gums and teeth until the permanent bridge is ready. Once the bridge is fabricated, they are secured in place of the temporary bridge and ensures its correct fit.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, call River Family Dentistry at