The Different Varieties of Dental Bridges
There are four different types of dental bridges used today:
- Traditional Dental Bridges The most common type of dental bridge. This is the bridge used when you have a natural tooth available on each side of the gap to serve as anchors to support the artificial tooth, called the pontic. Crowns are placed over the natural teeth to adhere the pontic to.
- Cantilever Bridges Like the traditional bridge except that only one natural tooth is available to accept a crown to anchor the pontic.
- Maryland Bridges Like a traditional bridge except rather than placing crowns over the natural anchor teeth a metal wire framework is bonded to the back of the anchoring teeth to support the artificial tooth.
- Implant Supported Bridges If you have a gap that involves more than one missing tooth an implant may be introduced to add stability and strength to cover the larger gap.
The Procedure for the Dental Bridges
Once you and Dr. Dolgov have agreed on the type of bridge that will be in your best interests the first step is to prepare the abutment teeth. Some of the enamel will need to be removed if you are having crowns placed on these abutment teeth. Then an impression must be made and sent to a dental lab who will both fabricate your crowns as well as the artificial tooth. The material used will be either ceramic or porcelain. A temporary bridge and temporary crowns on the abutment teeth will be placed while this is being completed. Once delivered the temporaries are removed and the final bridge is cemented or bonded into place. It might be suggested that you consider a follow up visit to confirm the fit, the positioning and the bite pattern. An implant supported bridge will take more time as you wait for the surgically placed titanium post to fuse to the jaw bone. We will work through the delay but creating a temporary bridge for this situation as well.
Scheduling an Evaluation today
Making that phone call today to schedule your evaluation and consultation is the next step. If you are unhappy with your smile lets address the dental bridge plan together to get your old smile back and your quality of life that comes with it. We can restore functionality, improve the aesthetics of your smile and return some of the natural feeling of biting and chewing. Call 815-939-2520 now or visit our office at 498 Brown Blvd., Bourbonnias, IL 60914.
The staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental all are terrific listeners and love to please our patients. You’ll be comfortable in our engaging environment. We are all dedicated to ensuring that you totally understand our plan that we have formulated together and that you will be confident that you will be receiving the highest quality specialized cosmetic dental care to meet your expectations and your specific needs.