Dental Bridges

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Lowell Dental Arts

What Are Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are exactly what their name implies – they work to bridge a gap created by missing teeth. They typically consist of two or more crowns on either side of the gap and a fake tooth in between. Bridges not only restore your smile, but also improve your ability to speak and chew properly. They can also maintain the health and integrity of your smile by ensuring you are distributing the force of your bite evenly and prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of their proper positions.

Types Of Dental Bridges

  • The most common type of bridge is a traditional bridge that consists of one or more fake teeth that are held in place using dental crowns. The crowns are cemented to the teeth next to the missing tooth. In order to use this type of bridge, you’ll need natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order to properly place the bridge.
  • Maryland bridges consist of metal or porcelain wings on one side of the bridge that are bonded to an existing tooth.
  • Cantilever bridges only require the abutment tooth on one side of the missing tooth. These are not used as often today, and are not recommended for back teeth.
  • Dental implant supported bridges can be used when you have more than one tooth missing because they don’t require additional teeth for support, but rather a dental implant. Typically, we use one implant for each missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in its place.

If you are receiving a traditional bridge, we will need to prepare the adjacent teeth by removing some of the enamel in order to allow room for a crown to be placed. We take impressions of your teeth in order to create ideally fitting crowns and bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed until the permanent one is created.

Once ready, we will check the fit to ensure it fits properly and comfortably in the mouth. Once we achieve the ideal fit, we will cement the bridge to the prepared teeth.

Bridges can be made of metal, ceramic, or a combination. After a thorough examination, we will discuss with you the material we think is the most ideal for your situation.

In order to ensure your bridge lasts, proper oral care is important. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Be sure you clean properly in between your teeth and under your bridge – if  you feel like floss is not working properly, we can recommend picks or smaller brushes to help. Maintain all your dental visits.

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