The concept of a dental bridge is probably just what you would imagine. It literally bridges the gap of one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge includes two crowns or caps for the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, which are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth or teeth in between. The false teeth that fill the gap are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. We, at Kneib Dentistry, like to use the high-quality porcelain pontics. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth and/or implants.
Before Full Upper Arch Resin Bridge
After Full Upper Arch Resin Bridge
What type of dental bridge is best for me?
While traditional dental bridges are most common, they are not necessarily the right choice for every patient.
If you only have teeth adjacent to one side of your cap (the space missing one or multiple teeth), a Cantilever bridge may suit you best.
Maryland bridges are great for individuals who do not want to treat natural teeth beside the tooth cap. These types of bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth without having to cap adjacent teeth. Instead, a metal framework connected to the porcelain tooth (that will fill the gap) is adhered with a bonding agent and metal wings to the teeth on either side of the cap.
To truly know which type of dental bridge is best for you, a consultation with your dentist is a must! Contact Kneib to schedule an appointment today.
Who is the best candidate for this type of restorative or cosmetic dental procedure?
Patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row tend to be the ideal candidate for dental bridges. Additionally, patients who have healthy and stable teeth on either side of the gap will fare better with a bridge than those who do not, (though Cantilever bridges are designed for patients who lack teeth on one side of the dental implant).
Why should I consider getting a dental bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, you should consider getting a dental bridge or other restorative procedure. Missing teeth in this way can impact the way you speak and chew, cause jaw pain and other problems, and even change the shape of your face! If you are experiencing any of these problems, you should start thinking about getting a dental bridge for yourself.
Is there any risk associated with having a dental bridge installed?
Risks include: A reduced structural support of natural healthy teeth to accommodate the dental appliance, and the collapse of the restoration if neighboring teeth are not strong enough. Additionally, a dental bridge will eventually need to be replaced in the long run. The risks of dental bridges are most common if a patient has weak teeth adjacent to the gap.
Be sure to ask Dr. Kneib if a dental bridge is right for you!
How soon after having a dental bridge installed can I eat or drink?
After the dental bridge is installed and cemented, patients should wait one hour before eating or drinking any food or liquids. Some tooth sensitivity when consuming either hot or cold food or beverages may occur after having a dental bridge installed. Consult Dr. Kneib if there is intense discomfort with eating, drinking or chewing after getting any type of dental prosthetic.
Why are porcelain pontics a good choice for dental bridges?
Porcelain pontics are an ideal material for bridges (as well as other dental prosthetics) as it lasts for a long period of time before it needs to be replaced. Porcelain closely resembles the appearance and texture of a natural tooth as well. And the strong structure of the material makes it resistant to damage when patients chew normally.