When you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge conceals the gap and helps to preserve your oral health. When you don’t replace missing teeth, they could shift towards the open spot and cause issues with alignment and bone loss. Additionally, missing teeth affect the way that you eat and speak. Cosmetically, many people feel too self-conscious to smile when they have a noticeable gap after losing teeth.
Different Types of Bridges
Just like the bridges you see every day while driving that connects permanent structures, a dental bridge provides the support to hold a tooth replacement in its permanent new position. Dr. Gregory Borrowdale connects the bridge to the teeth on each side of the gap. Once the procedure is complete, the bridge closes the gap left by your missing teeth. It performs the same basic functions as your other teeth. We typically use foundations constructed from gold, metal, or porcelain that has been fused to the foundation.
Dental bridges come in three basic types. These include:
- Cantilever Bridges: Dr. Borrowdale chooses this option when only one adjacent tooth is available to act as support for the bridge.
- Maryland Bonded Bridge: We sometimes call this a resin-bonded bridge as well. These bridges are constructed from porcelain and provide a metal framework to support the teeth and gums. A metal wing bonded to the teeth on either side of the dental bridge hold it in place.
- Traditional Bridges: This involves Dr. Borrowdale creating a crown for the implant or tooth that goes on either side of the tooth that is missing. These bridges are the most common type and are made from metal or porcelain fused to ceramics.
What to Expect When You Get Your New Dental Bridge
The first thing we need to do is shape the teeth providing support for the dental bridge. This may involve removing a tiny portion of tooth enamel so the bridge fits comfortably on the supporting teeth without protruding further than necessary. Next, our staff takes an impression of the area where you are receiving a new dental bridge and sends it to our laboratory.
While our lab technicians create your new bridge, we are happy to install a temporary dental restoration to disguise your tooth loss. These resemble your natural teeth closely enough that no one will be able to tell the difference. You won’t have to be afraid to show your teeth when you smile.
After your final restoration comes back from our laboratory, we will call you in for a second appointment. Dr. Borrowdale places the bridge in your mouth and makes sure that it fits comfortably. We take special care during the creation of your replacement teeth to ensure that it matches the shade and shape of your other teeth. Lastly, he places dental cement on the adjoining teeth and puts the dental bridge into place. You leave our office with a completely restored smile.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your dental care, our dental services, your dental appointment or treatment, contact us today. Phone: (916) 983-1100 Address: 785 Hana Way Ste 203, Folsom, CA 95630