Dental Bridges in Reynoldsburg
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to help bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made out of one or more crowns located on either side of the gap. In-between the crowns are false teeth. Bridges help patients that have missing teeth, and are made out of a durable porcelain material. This material blends in naturally with your other teeth, and is a great solution for patients seeking to restore their smile. Part of our consultation process is to determine what type of bridge will work for you. This depends on how many teeth are missing, and if the patient still has natural teeth on either side of the gap.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges Available?
A traditional bridge consists of two crowns that anchor the bridge on either side of the replacement tooth. This type of bridge is used when the gap has natural teeth on both sides.
A cantilever bridge is used when the patient has adjacent teeth on only one side of the gap. Cantilever bridges are not as common as the other types of bridges because they can put too much pressure on the other teeth surrounding the bridge.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
This type of bridge has metal or porcelain wings, and these are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bonded bridges are made out of either porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but is supported by a dental implant. For this type of bridge, the implant is inserted in the jaw, and the bridge is then attached above the gum line. Implant supported bridges help to prevent bone loss and are more stable compared to other bridge options. The process for this type of bridge is longer compared to the other types. Surgery is required to place the implant before the bridge can be installed.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Bridge?
We can examine your teeth to determine if a fixed bridge is right for you. In order for the bridge to fit properly and securely, it’ll need to be placed over two surrounding teeth. In general, the larger the bridge, the less secure it will be. We may recommend implants to hold a bridge if we feel it wouldn’t be secure enough on its own.
What happens during the Dental Bridge procedure?
The procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb one area of the mouth. Wethen shape and file down the surrounding teeth. This will help to make room forthe new fixed bridge. Impressions are then taken and will be used to create botha temporary and permanent bridge. You’ll go homewith the temporary one inplace and will need to come back for a second appointment for the permanent.The temporary bridge is removed and the permanent one placed securely usinga dental-grade adhesive. We polish and adjust the new bridge and provide youwith instructions on how to brush and floss around it.
If you think you might benefit from a dental bridge, call our office today so thatour helpful staff members can further assist you.
Looking for a Dental Bridge Near You?
Both crowns and bridges have many advantages including preserving your natural teeth, reducing bone loss, and maintaining facial structure. At Stellar Dentistry our focus is our patients, and we strive to provide quality care using state of the art technology.
Our team is happy to answer any questions you have, and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. Providing patients with beautiful smiles is what we do, and we always want our patients to have an exceptional experience when they visit our office.
If you are interested in finding out more about crowns or bridges and how they may benefit you, please contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to schedule your consultation.