Dental bridges are used in restorative dentistry in substitution for missing teeth. A bridge typically contains one or more teeth or crowns anchored together to fill a dental gap caused by injury or trauma. Dental bridges join distinctively artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth or implants on each side of the gap. Our professionals at Camas Dentistry can help you restore your teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
There is full coverage of other dental prostheses like crowns and onlays and inlays on the abutment dentition in conventional bridges. The abutment requires a massive filling, shaping, and preparation before the bridge is installed. A fixed bridge refers to an artificial tooth that has been retained on both sides of the gap by inserting them on one side. The proximities of the abutments need to be evenly filed, so the surfaces are parallel to each other. In cantilever bridges, the pontics are attached remotely using a metal bar.
Fixed-movable bridges are a more conservative type of bridge as abutments do not need to be thoroughly prepared to be parallel. They are attached to a significant retainer on one side and a movable retainer/joint on the other side, allowing limited motion vertically. An adhesive bridge commonly referred to as the Maryland bridge is a conventional bridge with wings on either side to attach to the abutments.
What is a Dental Bridge For?
People lose their teeth, affecting their chewing, talking, and normal function. Oral injuries, decay, and extractions cause gaps in the teeth, and replacing those teeth helps prevent further complications to the oral cavity. You may also need a bridge if the infection goes beyond the gum line to the tooth root. Dental bridges make you feel comfortable and confident with yourself and help your teeth to chew properly.
What to Expect with a Bridge
The bridge procedure starts by prepping the tooth by cleaning and filing down the teeth and removing cavity debris. The dentist will then take an imprint of the tooth and cast it on the preferred composite matter to make a custom fit. The dentist places a temporary bridge at the site to cover the area from bacteria and more infection. Temporary bridges imitate normal teeth, and one has to return to the dentist after a few days for custom-fit placement. After placement, the gums may be sore and bleed. However, this should fade away quickly.
Once you notice any persistent complications during recovery, it is important to visit the dentist immediately. Follow-up visits are also recommended for cleanings and checking on the bridge. Patients are advised to practice good oral hygiene and good eating habits to check their oral health, as bridges could wear out over time. Visit us at Camas Dentistry to inquire more on your dental bridges or book an appointment via 360-837-5992.