Dental bridges are dental restorations or false tooth (also known as pontics). They are held in place with the help of abutment teeth on either side of the false tooth. Bridges are made of several materials, but porcelain is the most aesthetically pleasing one as they easily blend with the color of your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of having dental bridges?
Wearing bridges have several advantages as they help:
- Restore the patient's smile
- Repair uneven bite
- Are capable of restoring the patient's ability to chew and talk
- Help maintain the patient's facial posture
- Prevent teeth from drifting apart
What is the process involved in getting dental bridges?
Getting dental bridges involves two visits to the dentist's office. During the first visit, the dentist would prepare the abutment. In order to receive an abutment, a portion of the enamel would be removed thereby allowing space for the crown. The next step would involve making impressions of the patient's teeth. The dentist would place a temporary bridge for teeth and gum protection until the permanent ones are ready.
How can I care for my bridges?
It is possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy even after getting a restoration. It is as easy as routine brushing and flossing. Your new found restorations can be kept healthy and functioning by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. This would help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and loss of teeth.
Eating, drinking, talking, laughing, sneezing, or just about any function of the mouth remains the same as you start wearing restorations. Gradually, your dental bridge becomes a part of your oral cavity causing no discomfort or uneasiness.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are classified into four main types:
Your traditional dental bridges would consist of a false tooth being held in between by two crowns on either side. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridges.
In cantilever bridges, the pontics are held in place by a crown cemented to a single abutment tooth.
Maryland bridges are the same as traditional bridges. However, instead of crowns, these bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that would be bonded to the abutment teeth.
Implant supported bridges
Bridges supported by implants are known to offer more stability and durability.
To understand more about your restorative treatment, request an appointment with Dr. Tognotti by calling our office at (925) 934 2066 or by placing an appointment online.