Are you missing a tooth and wondering how this could affect your dental health? Do you wish to close the gap for cosmetic reasons? Dental bridges are the solution to maintain your dental health and complete your smile.
What's a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is made up of dental crowns and false teeth that fill the gap left behind by a missing tooth. Dental crowns (tooth-shaped caps) are placed over the teeth on both sides of the gap. These teeth are called abutment teeth and support the false tooth/teeth, called pontics. Instead of using existing teeth, dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants.
Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
Our dentists in Kaysville, Utah might determine whether some of these factors apply to you and will impact your dental health enough to require intervention:
- A missing tooth
- A broken tooth
- Worn or diminished tooth structure
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges are a great answer for the replacement of lost teeth, offering both aesthetic and
A bridge may also facilitate more stability over the long term arrangement of the teeth. A gap in your teeth can often cause your remaining teeth to slide into the free space. This can cause problems with your bite. A dental bridge ensures the teeth on either side of the gap are kept securely in place to lower the chance of movement. When you lose a tooth, there is a chance that the bone around the missing tooth will deteriorate overtime. Dental bridges also help reduce loss of bone mass in the jaw area, which may keep your facial features intact.
Lots of patients prefer dental bridges because of how they feel in the mouth as well as their easy maintenance. A quick period is usually necessary for someone to eventually become used to the texture of their dental bridge, and after that it is scarcely noticeable and feels like your regular teeth. Bridges don't have to be removed regularly for cleaning and don’t require any special maintenance outside of normal good hygiene habits.
A bridge permits an individual to eat and chew normally since there's no longer a difference in your bite. A gap in your teeth can change the positioning of the tongue, which alters how sounds are created. Therefore, bridges can help people to speak without inhibition.
Dental bridges make up for the reduction of original teeth, but are also aesthetically pleasing when they have been precisely colored to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Their natural appearance improves self-esteem and confidence.
What Dental Bridge is Right for You?
There are 4 types of dental bridges. Once our dentists in Kaysville, Utah have assessed that you need a dental bridge, they will recommend one of the following that will be the best for your unique case.
.1. Traditional Dental Bridges
If you have an uncomplicated case and otherwise strong, natural teeth next to your missing tooth/teeth, a traditional dental bridge, may be right for you. This dental device consists of one or more pontics (fake teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns.
Although these bridges will give you all the benefits of the dental device, the application process does include removing enamel from the surface of the teeth that will receive dental crowns. Enamel does not grow back so these teeth will always need protection, even if you later choose a different type of bridge.
.2. Cantilever Bridges
Similar to a traditional bridge, the false teeth in a cantilever dental bridge are held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to only one abutment tooth. For a cantilever bridge, you only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap. The tooth is prepared in the same way as the traditional bridge.
The only drawback with these bridges is it is only supported on one side, and therefore has a higher risk of complications.
.3. Maryland Bridges
Maryland dental bridges require the same structure as a traditional bridge. However, they are considered the more conservative option, since their framework is either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth. Since this type of bridge isn't held in place by crowns, the adjacent teeth don't need to be filed down and lose any enamel.
As they are not cemented down by dental crowns, Maryland bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges as they are limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place. Therefore, these bridges are not used in areas of the mouth that are subjected to a lot of biting force, such as the molars.
4. Implant-Supported Bridges
Implant-supported bridges can be used when you have several missing teeth in one area, and possibly no remaining teeth to be used as an abutment. Implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and the series of implants holds the bridge in place. If one implant per missing tooth is impossible, you might have a pontic supported by two crowns, which are supported by implants.
This is the strongest and most secure and comfortable system. An implant-supported bridge commonly requires two surgeries. One to surgically place the implants into the jawbone, and the second surgery to place the crowns on the implant. It can take a number of months for a dental implant procedure to be completed.
Types of Dental Crown Materials
There are four different types of materials used for the dental crowns and false teeth that make up a dental bridge. Depending on your individual case, cosmetic concerns and your budget, our staff will determine what material is the right one for you.
.1. Ceramic Crowns
All ceramic crowns are a porcelain-based filling and are recommended for protecting the front teeth as they are able to be color matched with the natural teeth. They may take some time to fit the porcelain to the tooth, but it is rather resistant to wear in regard to heavier biting forces.
.2. Porcelain fused to Metal Crowns
Porcelain fused to metal is connected to the outside of a metal structure. This combination keeps the teeth strong as well as provides a good seal to prevent tooth decay. Porcelain fused to metal provides a stronger restoration than porcelain alone. The dentist or prosthodontist removes a moderate amount of tooth structure, but it is very resilient and long-lasting.
.3. Gold Alloy Crowns
Gold alloy is a combination of gold and copper along with other metals, creating a material that is both strong and durable and does not wear away the surface of the tooth. This material is also highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.
.4. Base Metal Alloy Crowns
Base metal alloys include metals other than gold and platinum that make crowns and teeth strong and resistant to corrosion. When shaping the tooth with base metal alloys, the dentist or prosthodontist would remove the least amount of healthy tooth structure. This material is resistant to wear and kind to opposing teeth.
What to Expect from your Dental Bridge Appointment
Step one in the process would be to evaluate the need for this procedure, and whether a dental bridge would be the smartest choice. Other restorative dental treatments which might be more suitable in some scenarios incorporate dental implants.
Your dentist will normally analyze the affected region and take X-rays of your jaw to acquire a complete knowledge of the situation and make the best choice. It's crucial for us to explore all of your options, for example, type and style of a bridge, so that you are fully aware of the pros and cons of each choice.
The First and Second Visit
During the first visit in getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are all prepared. Preparation involves re-contouring the teeth that will receive a dental crown by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, dental impressions of your mouth and the affected teeth are taken to be used as a mold to make a dental bridge that is perfect for your mouth.
As the permanent dental bridge will take some time to make in a lab, a temporary bridge will be fitted during the first appointment to guard the exposed teeth and gums. When the bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed in a second appointment, and the new bridge is fitted, checked, and adjusted to ensure it fits precisely in your mouth.
Many visits may be required to confirm the fit. This depends on each individual case. In the event the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily fix it in place for two or three weeks to make certain that it is a perfect match. After 2-3 weeks, the bridge will then be cemented into place.
Aftercare and follow up is significant in the dental bridge procedure process. We strive to make sure that you know what to anticipate and how to take care of your dental bridge. Therefore, our Kaysville dentists take the time to explain the specifics, regarding aspects such as oral care and other dental information that will ensure you get the best possible experience during and after the procedure. With recommended care, a dental bridge frequently lasts more than a decade.
How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost? Will my Dental Insurance Cover It?
Dental insurance pays a certain percentage of the fee, which depends on what type of bridge is selected and in what part of the country you are having the procedure.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
It is common for a fixed bridge to last several years with good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Generally, dental bridges can last five to 15 years and even longer.
Will It Be Difficult to Eat With a Dental Bridge?
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge will make it easier to eat. Until you get accustomed to the bridge, eat small pieces of soft food.
Will the Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?
It can be difficult to speak clearly when teeth are missing. Wearing an appropriate front tooth bridge will help you speak properly.
Will I need to be Sedated for the Procedure?
It is not necessary for a person to be placed under sedation for this procedure. People who are sedated during the dental bridge placement should not drive after the procedure.
How Do I Care For a Dental Bridge?
It's crucial to keep teeth strong and healthy. Bridges (dependent on the particular bridge) need to be maintained in the same way you would your regular teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash every day will keep your teeth and dental bridge healthy. Good dental hygiene will prevent bacteria from causing tooth decay and gum disease, which can result in further tooth loss. Our Kaysville dentists can show you just how to properly brush your teeth. A balanced diet and proper nutrition are also crucial for general dental health.
At Lifetime Family Dentistry, we care about you and your family’s dental health. We strive to give you the best advice, service and care all year round. If you are in need of dental assistance in Kaysville or any of the surrounding areas, such as Farmington, Bountiful, Layton, Clearfield, Fruit Heights, Syracuse, and Centerville, you can count on us to help you. Our staff are ready and prepared to give you the best care and experience you could ever have in a dentist’s office. Contact us today to book an appointment.