A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. It is anchored in place by abutment teeth, the healthy teeth on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. The false tooth or teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Natural teeth or dental implants can support bridges. When natural teeth support the bridge, they are prepared by removing some of the enamel from the anchor teeth and placing crowns on them. These crowns are cemented to the teeth permanently. If implants instead support the bridge, they are placed in the jawbone first; then, the bridge is attached to them.
At Columbia View Dental, several bridges are available, including traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported. Your dentist can help you decide which type is best for you based on the location of the missing teeth, the number of teeth being replaced, and the health and strength of your remaining teeth.
This type of bridge is the most common. It is held in place by dental crowns cemented to the abutment teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth. These crowns are permanently attached to your natural teeth.
This bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but uses only one natural tooth for support instead of two. However, this type of bridge is not recommended for back teeth because it puts too much stress on the supporting tooth.
This type of bridge is anchored to the backs of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth using metal or porcelain wings. The wings are bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth and are not visible from the front.
There are several reasons you may need a bridge to replace missing teeth. The most common reason is to restore your smile’s appearance after tooth loss. Missing teeth can cause your face to look sunken in, making you appear older than you are. Replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge can restore the appearance and function of your teeth.
Another reason for getting a dental bridge is to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place. When a tooth is lost, the teeth around it begin to shift to fill in the space. This can cause bite problems, jaw pain, TMJ disorder, and even problems with your speech. By replacing missing teeth with bridges, you can prevent these issues from occurring.
The choice of the dental bridge depends on various factors, such as the number of missing teeth, the condition of the surrounding teeth and jawbone, the patient's oral health, and their budget. Visit Columbia View Dental at 1915 E 19th St, The Dalles, OR, 97058, or call (541)296-5677 to learn more about dental bridges.