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Dental bridges consist of a replacement crown, to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth, which is attached to crowns on both sides that fit over the teeth adjacent to the gap. The dental bridge is supported by a framework constructed of metal or ceramic.

Dental bridges can effectively prevent many problems that arise due to missing teeth, while also improving your appearance. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment and may expose gums to potential infection. Additionally, normal speaking and chewing abilities can be compromised.

Dental Bridge Procedure

A dental bridge can be completed in two office visits. During the first visit, an impression is taken and the teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared to fit the dental bridge. A temporary bridge is placed in the mouth while your permanent bridge is being crafted. During the second visit, the permanent dental bridge is fitted comfortably and then cemented into your mouth for a permanent restoration.
Dental bridges are one solution for restoring missing teeth. There are a number of different types of dental bridges, and the type used will depend on your specific restoration needs.

Traditional dental bridges – These are the most common and include a crown for each tooth adjacent to the gap (the abutments) with a pontic (another crown) between them. The teeth are constructed from porcelain that is fused to a framework made from metal or ceramic. The bridge rests in place as the crowns sit over the abutments and are cemented in place.

Cantilever dental bridges – These are constructed in a similar fashion to traditional dental bridges with the exception that they are only attached to one adjacent tooth. Cantilever bridges are used when there are existing teeth on only one side of a gap.

Maryland dental bridges (resin-bonded dental bridges) – These are made of porcelain teeth that are supported by a metal framework. They attach to adjacent teeth using metal wings which are bonded to the teeth.

To learn more about the types of dental bridges Dr. Bruce Spinger offers, call our office to schedule an appointment at 602.253.0994

 

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