A dental bridge is a great way to return form and function if you are faced with missing teeth. A bridge is one large unit that requires the support of adjacent structures which can be teeth or dental implants.
Thompson Advanced Dentistry offers all types of dental bridges to accommodate your unique needs and wants when dealing with missing teeth. To review which type of bridge will work for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Thompson at his Loveland, CO area dentist office.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional dental bridge commonly replaces one or two missing teeth. This unit is made up of a dental crown, then one or two pontics, then another dental crown. The two teeth on either side of the void (the location of the missing teeth) will need to be prepared before securing the bridge.
They will be recontoured which involves removing a portion of the tooth structure to make room for the crowns. The dental crowns will be secured to these two abutment teeth while the pontics (that part that actually replaces the missing teeth) will rest on the gums. The longevity of this restoration solely depends on the health of the abutment teeth.
A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge except it will only have one crown and then the pontic. It is not as strong and secure as a traditional bridge since only one retainer tooth is utilized. It is important for that retainer tooth to have a strong root structure, typically the tooth behind the void.
The one retainer tooth is prepared the same way, by recontouring it to accommodate the crown. This type of bridge is only used in areas of the mouth where it will not bear a lot of chewing force which is mostly small, front teeth. When a cantilever bridge is placed correctly, it can save you a lot of time and money.
A Maryland dental bridge uses a whole different method to secure it. This type of bridge is made up of the pontic with small metal wings fused to each side. The small metal wings are secured to the back of the retainer teeth to hold them in place (as opposed to using dental crowns). The amount of tooth reduction on the adjacent teeth is very little.
While this option is very affordable and doesn’t damage much of the healthy teeth, it is not as stable as a traditional bridge. They should only be used on the front where little chewing force is needed. The greatest downfall to this restoration is once the metal wings de-bond, it is very hard for them to re-bond and it will most likely happen again.
Dr. Thompson will recommend dental implants whenever possible to replace missing teeth. They are more natural and better for your oral health. For patients missing two or more missing consecutive teeth, one to three implants can be placed into your jaw bone and used to secure the bridge. This type of bridge can be placed anywhere in your mouth because it is so stable and very strong. You won’t have to worry about the bond failing or the restoration falling out. Plus, there are little to no eating restrictions.
Call Today for a Consultation
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Thompson at his Loveland, CO dentist office, please call 970.205.9614 or request an appointment online. Here, we’ll discuss which type of dental bridge is right for you.