What Is A Dental Bridge?

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A dental bridge is exactly what it sounds like: a structure that bridges a space when a tooth or several teeth are missing. A dental bridge is composed of two crowns, -one on each tooth that is alongside the space-and then a false tooth or teeth in the middle. The teeth with the crowns are known as abutment teeth, while the false teeth are called pontics. They can be made from a variety of materials such as gold, alloys, porcelain or combination of substances. The source of support for the bridge is either from the remaining teeth or a dental implant.

Why Choose A Dental Bridge?

  • It will enhance your smile
  • Improve how food is chewed and speech
  • Hold the shape of your face and jaw in place
  • Help distribute the bite-force lost to missing teeth
  • Maintain the current position of the remaining teeth so they don’t gravitate towards the space

Are There Different Kinds of Dental Bridges?

dental-bridge-before-afterA dental bridge is a solution for replacing missing teeth that allows for a fixed solution where the cemented teeth are not removable.

There are three commonly used forms:

  • Traditional bridges – A crown is made for the tooth or implant that are on each side of the space with a false tooth filling in the gap. These bridges are the most frequently used and are made of porcelain affixed to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridges – The preferred treatment when there is only a tooth or teeth on one side of the missing space.
  • Maryland bonded bridgesDr. Stunkel often uses this type of bridge to replace a single tooth missing in the front of the mouth. The big benefit to using a Maryland bonded bridge is very minimal or no preparation of the supporting teeth.  Instead, an aesthetically matching cosmetic tooth is put in place with “wings” that are cemented to the back of the adjacent teeth.

A dental bridge is one of the best ways to replace missing teeth, as they are permanently cemented and look and feel just like natural teeth. Up until about a decade ago, this was the preferred method for replacing missing teeth. The procedure requires modification of the front and back adjacent teeth down to a core to support the tooth being replaced (called a pontic) in the middle.

Another alternative to a dental bridge is a dental implant. If the patient is a good candidate for an implant this is usually the preferred method as it does not involve the surrounding teeth. Thus, if something eventually fails with the tooth, there is only one tooth involved instead of at least 3 involved with a bridge.

Free Dental Bridge Consult from Quail Creek Cosmetics

Call Quail Creek Dental at 417-720-4075 today to schedule an appointment for a consultation and to discuss what dental bridge would work best for you. Learn more about your options to bring back your youthful smile with our line of Quail Creek Cosmetics.