A dental bridge is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth or teeth which literally bridges the gap created as a result of one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth that fill the gap left by the missing tooth and is secured by two or more crowns or wings that are attached to the natural teeth beside it. These artificial teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or implants and are usually made of metals, porcelain, alloys, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges can help in the following ways:
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges are composed of a pontic that is held in place by crowns on both sides. Traditional bridges are composed of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics and are the most popular type of bridge.
A Maryland bridge is a pontic with wings on both sides that are attached to the natural teeth on each side of the gap. Porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or even plastic can be used. Nowadays, the wings are usually constructed of porcelain, which allows them to fit in naturally with your teeth.
When only one side of a lost tooth or teeth has adjacent teeth, cantilever bridges are employed. This is no longer very prevalent, and it is not suggested near the back of the mouth, where it might cause harm to adjacent teeth by exerting too much force on them.
Anyone with a missing tooth or teeth with healthy teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing teeth would need a dental bridge.
How much a dental bridge would cost depends on the bridge type one opts for and where the procedure will be performed.
As with natural teeth, you'll need to brush and floss your bridge using fluoride toothpaste and floss. It's also crucial to see your dentist on a regular basis. Dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years, and sometimes even longer. They can easily last for more than ten years with proper dental care and regular checkups.
Dr. Knaysi, DDS offers expert dental care services including dental bridge procedures at Henrico, VA. For more details and appointments call us at (804) 282-6005, book online, or visit us at 8921 Three Chopt Rd #304, Henrico, VA 23229.