A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. It "bridges" the gap created by the missing teeth, restoring the smile's appearance, function, and alignment. Dental bridges typically comprise one or more artificial teeth called pontics, supported by natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap. Dental bridges require regular oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice daily, flossing, and using antimicrobial mouthwash. Visiting the dentist at Danny Shiri DDS, for regular check-ups and professional cleanings is also essential. Proper care can help extend the bridge's lifespan and maintain good oral health.
Types of Dental Bridges
This is the most common type of dental bridge. It consists of one or more artificial teeth called pontics, which are held in place by dental crowns placed on the adjacent teeth (abutment teeth). The crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth, and the pontics bridge the gap between them.
A cantilever bridge is used when only one adjacent tooth is next to the gap. A dental crown on a single abutment tooth supports the pontic. This type of bridge is less common and is not recommended for areas with significant biting or chewing forces.
A Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework with wings on each side bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. It supports the pontic without requiring extensive preparation or crowning of the adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges are primarily used for replacing missing front teeth.
The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge
The process of getting a dental bridge usually involves multiple dental visits. In the initial visit, the adjacent teeth are prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for dental crowns. An impression of your teeth is then taken, which serves as a mold for creating the custom bridge. A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared teeth while the permanent bridge is being made. On a subsequent visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the final bridge is placed, ensuring proper fit, bite, and aesthetics.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Restoring the smile's appearance by filling in the gaps left by missing teeth.
- Improving chewing and speaking ability.
- Maintaining the surrounding teeth' alignment prevents them from shifting into the gap.
- Distributing bite forces evenly across the bridge and surrounding teeth.
- Enhancing self-confidence and self-esteem.
To learn more about dental bridges, visit Danny Shiri DDS at 6310 San Vicente Blvd Ste 295, Los Angeles, CA 90048, or call (323) 935-9102. Our dentist can evaluate your specific dental needs, explain the options, and recommend the most suitable type of dental bridge. They will guide you through the process and ensure your dental bridge is custom-made to fit your mouth correctly, restoring your smile's function and aesthetics.