When it comes to replacing missing teeth, bridges offer a reliable, aesthetic and durable option. Unlike the removable dentures, bridges remain fixed to your natural teeth and therefore, they offer superior aesthetics, durability and chewing efficiency.
What are Bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed appliances which are used for replacing one or more adjacent missing teeth by gaining support from the natural teeth or implant on either side of the missing tooth gap. The artificial teeth, known as the pontics are attached to crowns at both ends which rest on the prepared supporting teeth or implant on both sides.
What are the Different Types of Bridges?
At Buckden Dental, we offer three different types of bridges:
- Conventional Bridges – these bridges are attached with supporting teeth on both sides. These bridges are usually reserved for replacing back teeth, which receive heavy chewing forces.
- Cantilever Bridges – these bridges are supported only at one end. Since they are not as strong as the conventional bridges, they are used for replacing front teeth which do not receive very heavy masticatory forces.
- Maryland Bridges – also, known as resin-retained bridges, they consist of metal wings on both sides which is bonded to the inner surface of supporting teeth with an adhesive cement. One of the best things about these bridges is that they do not require any preparation of the supporting teeth. However, they can only be used for replacing front missing teeth.
Who can Benefit from Bridges?
At Buckden Dental, we recommend dental bridges for the correction of following cosmetic and restorative dental problems:
- Single Missing Tooth – a 3-unit bridge can be used for replacing a single missing tooth. We will use the conventional bridge for replacing a back tooth, while a cantilever or a Maryland bridge for replacing a front tooth which lies in the cosmetic zone.
- Multiple Missing Teeth – We conventional bridges for replacing up to 3 or 4 missing adjacent teeth. They are also useful when we replace multiple adjacent teeth with dental implants.
- Replacing old Dentures – if you are not satisfied with aesthetics or function of your removable dentures, then we can restore your smile and chewing efficiency with dental bridges.
How are teeth Replaced with Dental Bridges?
When you visit us for replacing your missing teeth, our dentists will perform assess your oral health status and the condition of your existing teeth. This is because teeth bridges can only be used if the teeth which support them are perfectly sound and firmly anchored in the jaw bone. If the supporting teeth have any cavities, they will be restored prior to attaching the bridge.
- Tooth Preparation – tooth preparation is different for each type of dental bridges. In the case of conventional bridges, a thin layer of tooth structure is removed from the supporting teeth to create space for attaching the bridges. In the case cantilever bridges, tooth preparation is only done on one side, while Maryland bridges do not require significant tooth preparation.
- Tooth Impressions – once tooth preparation has been completed, we will make an impression of your teeth, and send it to the dental laboratory along with information regarding the type of bridge and the desired shade of the artificial teeth.
- Attaching the Bridge – when you visit us for your next appointment, we will attach the bridge on your teeth first without permanent bonding. If you and our dentists are satisfied with the aesthetics and fit, we will permanently bond it with adhesive resin cement.
What are the Benefits of Teeth Bridges?
Dental bridges offer several advantages over removable dentures. Unlike the dentures, bridges remain fixed to your teeth. Therefore, since they provide superior chewing efficiency, they allow you to eat all your favorite foods without any difficulty or inconvenience. In addition, highly aesthetic artificial teeth can be attached to the bridges which give you a beautiful smile and attractive personality.
If you’re fed up of your poor fitting and anaesthetic removable dentures, then you can certainly benefit from dental bridges at Buckden Dental. So, what are you waiting for? Visit us today and let us give you the smile of your dreams.
In some cases where the span is too large, your dentist may recommend a removable partial denture or even an implant-supported prosthesis.