“Don’t let a gap get in the way of your smile!”
In the United States, the average adult between the age of 20 and 64 has at least three missing, damaged or decayed teeth, according to the American Dental Association. At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we have multiple options available for restoring these teeth, including dental bridge treatments.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
If you have a missing tooth, we can close the gaps with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a false tooth or a pontic, anchored in between two or more teeth, which are called abutment teeth. Dental bridges are made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloy, ceramic, or porcelain.
When Do You Need A Dental Bridge?
A missing tooth can adversely affect your smile as well as hamper the function of your mouth. A dental bridge can:
Types of Dental Bridges
There are four primary types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are the most popular choice for bridges. They consist of one or more pontics and are held in place by dental crowns on your adjacent teeth. These bridges require us to remove the enamel of your adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns on top.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
Unlike traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges are held in place by a single abutment tooth on one side. The name comes from the fact that since these bridges are supported on just one size, they may act as a level, according to the National Institutes of Health. These bridges may exert pressure on the abutment tooth, leading to a loose crown or fractured tooth.
Adhesive or Maryland bridges use two adjacent teeth on either side of the gap, just like conventional bridges. However, they do not require a dental crown on the abutment teeth; instead, the pontic is held by a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the back of the abutment teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants on either side, instead of crowns or natural teeth. They are used when multiple teeth have been lost. These are the strongest type of bridges and require two surgeries: one, in which the implants are embedded in the jawbone and the second, in which the bridge is placed between the implants.
Placement Of A Dental Bridge
At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we will first anesthetize the area where the restorative work will take place.
After anesthesia, the first step will include filing off the enamel of the adjacent teeth so that the crowns can be fitted onto them. Impressions of the shaped teeth are taken and then sent to the dental lab, where they will serve as models for the pontic and crowns.
If your adjacent teeth aren’t strong enough to support a bridge, dental implants may be needed.
You may be fitted with a temporary bridge, which is made of filling materials. This will prevent damage to your shaped teeth while the bridge is being crafted.
Once your unique dental bridge has been made, your temporary bridge will be removed, and the abutment teeth cleaned. We will then fix the bridge with the use of dental cement.
At the end of the procedure, you will be asked to bite the teeth together to check how the bridge feels. The restorative work will feel strange and unfamiliar at first, but you will get used to it in time. We may also make some final adjustments to your dental bridge, in some cases.
Aftercare is extremely important for those who have undergone dental bridge treatment. At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we recommend proper oral care and routine maintenance to make your bridge last a long time. To schedule an appointment with us, call at (562) 287-8016.