A bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. At MountainView Dental, we have bridges custom made, and they are usually made up of two crowns and an artificial tooth or teeth between them. The two crowns will be placed over the teeth on either side of the gap; these anchoring teeth are called abutments. The artificial teeth attached to the crowns are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. The crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth, and the artificial tooth fills in the space left by the missing tooth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth like partial dentures can.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is composed of two crowns, one placed on each tooth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. These crowns serve as anchors of an artificial tooth called a pontic, which is fused between them and fills the space left by the missing tooth. The artificial tooth can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
A Maryland bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but uses metal or porcelain wings on each side that are bonded to your existing teeth for support. This eliminates the need for dental crowns on the healthy teeth next to the gap.
This type of bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth next to the gap created by your missing tooth. Instead of placing two crowns on either side of the gap, only one crown will be used to support the bridge, placed on this adjacent tooth.
An implant-supported bridge is a permanent solution that uses dental implants instead of crowns or frameworks for support. This option is ideal if you have several missing teeth in a row. Your dentist will place implants in your jawbone to anchor the prosthetic teeth.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Missing teeth can cause your face to appear sunken in, making you look older. A dental bridge in Hurricane can help fill out your smile and give you a more even facial profile.
Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak clearly. A dental bridge can help you communicate more clearly by replacing the missing teeth.
Improved Chewing Ability
Missing teeth can make it difficult to bite and chew properly. A dental bridge can restore your ability to eat normally.
Improved Oral Health
Missing teeth can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. A dental bridge can help prevent these problems by keeping your teeth aligned and preventing food from getting stuck between them.
Dental bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth, restoring your ability to chew and speak properly. To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, contact MountainView Dental at 52 South 850 West, Suite 201, Hurricane, UT 84737, or call (435) 635-9471.