Dental bridges have become a popular option for those who are replacing missing teeth. They are natural-looking and cost efficient. At Sampson Dental Group, we are pleased to offer this wonderful solution. When you use a bridge to replace missing teeth, you are also repairing a gap in your natural smile and preventing misalignment and jaw pain due to shifting teeth. Dental bridges provide a simple and inexpensive way to prevent these types of dental issues.
How do Dental Bridges Work?
A dental bridge is a permanent repair for missing teeth. It is cemented between existing, natural teeth to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridge is composed of three parts:
- The Abutment – The base of the dental bridge that is cemented to the nearest, natural teeth.
- The Crown – Which is attached to the top of the abutment and holds the pontic.
- Pontic – The replacement tooth.
In order for the bridge to be put in, the dentist must first file down the adjacent natural teeth that need to anchor the abutment. The dentist will install a temporary bridge while using molds of the remaining teeth to create a custom-fit bridge. Once the permanent bridge is prepared, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and cement in place the permanent bridge.
Dental Bridge Options
During your dental visit, your dentist will examine your mouth and recommend one of several types of available bridges: metal, ceramic or porcelain. Some patients only require a temporary bridge while others need a permanent bridge. Permanent bridges can be traditional, resin-bonded or cantilever. The majority of bridges are attached to a tooth on either end of the bridge. A cantilever bridge is only bonded to one end. When front teeth are being replaced, resin-bonded bridges are used because there is less biting force and are more visually appealing.
Dental bridges have several distinct benefits. First, they are a simple and effective replacement for missing teeth. When these gaps in your smile are not addressed, the empty space may cause other teeth to shift. This can lead to discomfort and pain, teeth sensitivity, poor oral hygiene, and ultimately jaw alignment and bite alignment problems.
When you use dental bridges to replace your missing teeth, not only will you feel better but you will sound better as well. When a patient is missing a tooth, they can often have difficulty articulating words in an understandable way. A dental bridge replaces those teeth, making your pronunciation clearer and easier to follow.
Finally, dental bridges are very durable! Not only are bridges simple to put in place, they are also meant to be a long-term solution to the problem of missing teeth. They can usually be relied on for a solid ten to twenty years.
Don’t let your smile suffer any longer! If you have gaps in your teeth and live in the Columbus, OH Metropolitan area, contact our office today! We can’t wait to give you the dental care that you need.