A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored by attaching to adjacent teeth or dental implants. The false tooth is called a pontic; the bridge consists of two or more crowns for the anchoring teeth and a false tooth in between. At Wayne T. Yee, DDS, replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge restores your smile’s appearance and prevents your remaining teeth from shifting into space. It also improves your ability to chew and speak properly.
The most common type of dental bridge is a traditional bridge. This bridge consists of a false tooth suspended between two dental crowns. These crowns are cemented to the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth.
This type of bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth or teeth. The anchor tooth or teeth is prepared in the same way as for a traditional bridge. However, the pontic is not held in place by a crown; instead, it is attached by a wing on one side of the abutment.
The Maryland bridges are similar to traditional bridges, except they use a metal framework instead of crowns. The metal wings are attached to the backs of the teeth adjacent to the gap, and the false tooth is attached to these wings.
An implant-supported bridge is a permanent solution that uses dental implants as anchors instead of natural teeth. This option requires surgery to place the implants.
Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily are the best ways to keep your bridge clean. Flossing is essential because food particles can become trapped under the bridge and cause decay. Be sure to floss carefully around the bridge to remove debris from underneath.
You should also avoid biting down on hard foods with your bridge. Chewing on hard candy, ice, or other hard objects can damage the cement holding the bridge in place. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a mouth guard to protect your bridge.
Dental bridges are an excellent restorative dental solution that can transform your smile and improve oral health. Whether you have one missing tooth or several, dental bridges, offer numerous advantages, from restored functionality and improved aesthetics to preventing teeth shifting and preserving facial structure. If you have missing teeth and want a reliable and long-lasting solution, contact Wayne T. Yee, DDS, at 3125 Coffee Rd # 1, Modesto, CA 95355, or call (209) 529-2726.