When you have one or more missing teeth, a bridge can fill the gap and keep your teeth aligned properly, saving you from pain and embarrassment. Sanchez Dental can help you identify whether a bridge is the right solution for your missing teeth and work with you to restore your smile.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
A dental bridge works by spanning the gap between missing teeth. The remaining teeth on either side of the gap are usually given crowns, which act as anchors for the bridge. These teeth are called abutment teeth. While abutment teeth are frequently natural teeth, they can also be implants.
Between the abutment teeth, a false tooth (called a pontic) is installed. The false tooth may be made from alloy, porcelain, gold or composite resin. The false tooth or teeth create the core of the tooth bridge.
Type of Dental Bridges
There are three types of dental bridges:
- Traditional dental bridges: Crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The missing tooth is itself replaced with a false tooth.
- Cantilever dental bridges: When there is only one tooth adjacent to the missing tooth, a cantilever bridge is prepared. These are anchored by a crown slipped over the adjacent tooth.
- Maryland bonded bridges: Usually, the dentist grinds down the adjacent teeth to prepare the bridge. In Maryland bonded bridges, the pontic is ‘bonded’ to the adjacent teeth with the help of a wing like structure. The wings can be made from metal or porcelain.
Dental bridges are very long lasting. With proper dental care and regular oral checkups, dental bridges can last up to 15 years and more. To learn more about the different type of dental bridges and the associated costs, please contact Dr. Gary and Dr. Greg at Sanchez Dental Associates in Albuquerque, NM for a consultation or appointment.