Usually, two or more crowns, sometimes called caps, are placed on both sides of the identified gap. In other words, the crowns are anchored to the two healthy teeth on both sides. These healthy teeth used as anchors are called abutment teeth. Then, between the crowns, a false tooth (or teeth) is placed. The false teeth are known as pontics. They are usually made from materials like alloy, gold, porcelain or a mixture of these.
If you have a gap between your teeth that is bothering you, at All Dental Tampa we have just the right solution for you – dental bridges. Dental bridges are literally bridges for gaps between your teeth when one or more tooth is missing.
What are dental bridges?
Sometimes, dental bridges are also supported not by natural teeth, but by implants. In some cases, a combination of both may be used too. Once you set up an appointment and meet with a member of our team at All Dental Tampa we will let you know which will work best for you.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
There are three main different types of dental bridges that are available. They are explained below:
- Traditional bridges: The most common type of dental bridges, the procedure is similar to the one explained above. Crowns are attached on both sides of the gap with a false tooth in between.
- Cantilever bridges: These bridges are applied only when only on side of the gap has adjacent teeth. Cases like this are rare.
- Maryland bonded bridges: Usually, porcelain or metal structure, which is bonded to the backside of the adjacent teeth, is used to hold the pontic.
Advantages of dental bridges
Below are the advantages of dental bridges:
- They help maintain your face shape
- They keep your healthy, natural teeth in position
- They restore confidence, especially when you smile
- They restore speaking and chewing abilities
What is the procedure for dental bridges?
In the first part of the procedure, the abutment teeth are prepared. The teeth are recontoured by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Then, impressions of the teeth are taken, which serve as a model from which the bridge will be made. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.
When the final bridge is ready, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. A follow up visit will be scheduled to ensure the proper fit of the bridge and to ensure it is properly functioning. If you are interested in finding out more about bridges, contact our team at All Dental Tampa to schedule a consultation.