The 3 main types of bridges
The first and most common bridge is simply a traditional bridge, which uses multiple crowns (one on either side of the missing tooth) with a pontic (an artificial tooth) in between, effectively “replacing” the missing tooth. A pontic is not cemented onto a natural tooth like a crown, nor is it implanted into the jaw such as dental implants, but rather it is held in place by its connection to the crowns on either side. These crowns are, in fact, cemented to their teeth, also known as abutment teeth. This type of bridge looks most natural and is a good choice for those concerned with the cosmetics of this solution.
The second most common bridge is known as a Maryland bridge, which does not require crowning the abutment teeth, but rather bonds wings to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. These wings are often constructed of metal or porcelain, and are bonded to the existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic in between.
The 3rd, and least common dental bridge is known as a Cantilever bridge, which is used when only one side of the missing tooth has an adjacent tooth. This solution is not recommended.
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The preparation for a bridge is similar to that of a crown. The abutment teeth are filed down in order to become anchors for the crowns, impressions are made in order to customize the crowns and pontics, and then a temporary bridge is put into place while the real bridge is manufactured. Once the bridge is manufactured, a second visit to our office is required and the manufactured bridge will be placed in the mouth and adjusted to ensure a proper fit and aesthetics. If the fit and aesthetics are proper, the bridge is cemented into place and a full smile is restored!
At Esplanade Dental Group, we want to make sure you choose the right bridge for your teeth. With so many restorative dental treatments available, we want to help you in making an informed decision. We understand the importance of comfort, reliability and cost for our clients, and we are happy to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges with our clients. If you live in the San Jacinto area and are in need of restorative dental services such as bridges, dentures, and crowns, please contact us at (951) 487-2999 and speak with a member of our staff, today! We are happy to get the conversation started and put you on the track to a brighter, healthier smile!
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