A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning the space where the teeth are missing. The bridge is held in place by abutments, crowns placed on the two surrounding healthy teeth. The artificial tooth or teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. At Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, we have dental bridges custom made to match the color of your natural teeth.
Types of Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge used today. They are made of porcelain-fused-with-metal, ceramic, or gold. The artificial teeth are called pontics and are held in place by dental crowns attached to your natural teeth on either side of the gap. These crowns are known as abutments.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but are used when there is only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth. Instead of two crowns, only one is used to support the pontic.
Maryland bridges are also known as resin-bonded bridges. This type of bridge uses porcelain or plastic teeth and gums supported by a framework made of metal or porcelain. Metal or porcelain wings are attached to the back of the abutment teeth, with plastic gums replacing the missing tooth’s gum line.
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but instead of crowns on the adjacent teeth, the bridge is supported by dental implants. This is an excellent option if you have several missing teeth.
The Procedure for Dental Bridges
Before a bridge is placed, our Dallas dentist, Dr. Wing, will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, the teeth adjacent to the gap will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to make room for the crowns. Impressions will then be taken of the teeth and sent to a lab where the bridge will be created. A temporary bridge will be placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your permanent restoration is being made. When the permanent bridge is ready, it will be cemented into place.
Dental bridges in Dallas are durable and can last many years when properly cared for. However, they are not indestructible. With good oral hygiene and regular checkups with our dentist, you can expect your bridge to last up to ten years or more.
Bridges can also help to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place and causing further problems. For more information about dental bridges, contact Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, a place where you can find a trusted Dentist in Dallas, TX. Locate them at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610.