If you need to replace just one or up to three teeth in the same part of your mouth, a dental bridge is an affordable solution that is closer to being permanent than a removable partial denture. A bridge can only be removed by a dentist and with proper care, it can last for years before needing replacement.
There are several types of bridges, the most common type being a traditional bridge that replaces a tooth or teeth that are in a row and have natural teeth on other side. The bridge consists of the artificial tooth or teeth and dental crowns on either side. Before placement of the bridge, your natural teeth on each side of the gap where your teeth are missing must be prepared to receive the crowns. The bridge is placed with the crowns securing the bridge, and the artificial teeth, called pontics, in the middle. If you’ve ever wondered why this is called a bridge; it’s because with the crowns securing the replacement teeth on each side, it literally bridges the gap where your teeth were missing.
If you have missing teeth on the side of your mouth so that there are only natural teeth on one side of the gap, a type of bridge called a cantilever bridge can be used. Cantilever bridges are less common and not as secure as traditional bridges, and they are generally not recommended in the back of the mouth because they can put too much pressure on the other teeth and have the potential to cause damage.
A third type of dental bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the natural teeth. This is called a Maryland bonded or resin-bonded bridge.
Dental bridges can be made of porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal or ceramics. The only drawback to dental bridges is that they can place pressure on surrounding teeth. It is important to take good care of all your teeth when you have a bridge, to keep them healthy and strong. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
Getting a dental bridge usually takes a few appointments and follow-up visits. First the teeth on the sides of the gap, called the abutment teeth, are prepared to receive the crowns. A temporary bridge is usually placed while your permanent bridge is being made from impressions of your teeth. After a few checks on placement, you receive your permanent bridge and it is cemented in place.
A bridge is not usually recommended if you have more than three missing teeth in a row. In that case, a partial denture might be a better option. A dental exam is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.
You can call us at Centreville Dental Wellness Center at any time to ask questions or set up an appointment at our Centerville, Virginia office.
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We were excited to open our doors for regular patient care. We will continue to strive to provide a clean, safe and caring environment. You may notice a few differences when you arrive at our office, but they are part of the new protocol we have implemented.
IMPORTANT: rather than entering our office upon arrival, please call us first (703-815-0775) to let us know you’re here. You will be asked some screening questions over the phone, and then may enter our reception area where your temperature will be taken and hand sanitizer provided. You will then be escorted to a disinfected treatment room.
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