To help you achieve a fuller and more renewed smile, our team offers dental bridges in San Diego, California. A dental bridge is an appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. Most bridges last more than 10 years with proper oral hygiene. These appliances are cemented into place and cannot be removed by the patient.
How Is a Dental Bridge Constructed?
As the name of this appliance suggests, the bridge is made out of three pieces that fit into the open space in the mouth, “bridging” the gap. Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (or false tooth) held together by two crowns (a “cap” that covers the tooth, approximating its normal size and shape). This trio is then attached (cemented) to the abutment teeth (the surrounding teeth of each side of the gap).
Who Is a Candidate for Bridges?
Nearly everyone who has one or more missing teeth is a candidate for a dental bridge. However, the difference between proper and improper oral hygiene is, generally, what determines the success of the dental bridge. The teeth that will support the bridge must be in good periodontic health.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are several different types of dental bridges. Your dentist or oral health specialist will recommend the most appropriate one for your mouth condition and the location of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Traditional bridge: As described above, this bridge consists of a pontic (false) tooth held together by two crowns. The trio is cemented to the surrounding teeth on each side of the gap.
- Resin-bonded bridge: Also known as a Maryland bridge, this type of bridge involves the pontic (false) teeth being fused to metal bands that are bonded to the back of the abutment teeth with a resin cement. This type of procedure is common when the teeth missing are in the front of the mouth.
- Cantilever bridge: This type of procedure is most appropriate when there is only one abutment tooth on either side of the span.
If you have questions about the benefits of a dental bridge or your options for treatment, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Vaheed Bayette or Dr. Nikko Johnson. Contact our office today at 619-298-9839 to get started!