Infinity Smiles Clinics offer a variety of dental restoration and prosthodontics options, including dental implants, crowns, and bridges to help you restore normal dental function and aesthetic appearance. Depending on your case, our experts will provide you with the best dental restoration option.
Definition of Dental Bridges:
A dental bridge is a dental restoration option intended to bridge the gap of a missing tooth. The bridge consists of a pontic (artificial) tooth and supporting parts placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap to hold the bridge in place.
If you have a gap between your teeth due to one of the missing teeth, you must visit your dentist immediately to get proper treatment and prevent further problems. Having a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth will:
1- Traditional-Fixed Bridges:
In this type, the dentist will use two crowns (one on each side) to hold and support the pontic tooth. The crowns will be cemented on the adjacent teeth, which will act as abutments for the bridge.
2- Cantilever bridges:
Cantilever bridges are much similar to traditional-fixed bridges, with the main difference being that the supporting crown will be on one side of the missing tooth gap (where the patient has natural teeth). Therefore, a single abutment tooth will support the pontic (artificial) tooth.
Maryland bridges are resin-bonded bridges with no supportive crowns. In Maryland bridges, a wings-like metal framework will support the false tooth (pontic) and attach it to nearby teeth instead of artificial crowns.
4- Implant-supported bridges:
With the advances in the dental care field, dental implants -artificial dental roots surgically implanted into the jawbone- are implemented to hold and support dental bridges instead of crowns and metal wings.
Dental Bridge Procedure:
Restoration of missing tooth/teeth requires at least two dental clinic visits:
During your first appointment, your dentist will perform three main steps in the dental bridge procedure:
1- Teeth Assessment:
2- Teeth Preparation:
3- Temporary Bridge Placement:
At the end of the first visit, the dentist will cover your shaped teeth with a temporary bridge to protect them until a permanent bridge is ready.
During your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge, clean your teeth, place the permanent bridge and fix it to your abutment teeth with dental cement.
How Many Teeth Can a Dental Bridge Replace?
Dental bridges are a restorative dental treatment option that can replace one to four missing teeth, and in some cases, they can replace more teeth.
The number of teeth that make up the bridge will affect its stability and efficiency; As a general rule, the more missing teeth that are replaced by a dental bridge, the lower the stability and efficiency of the bridge.
Taking Care of Your Dental Bridge:
Dental bridges usually last between 5-7 years, but with proper oral and dental care, they may last up to 10 years. Maintaining oral hygiene and cleaning your teeth will be an essential daily task to prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.
As recommended by dental professionals, you will have to adhere to the following practices for optimal dental care:
Dental Bridges Contraindications:
Your dentist will advise you on the appropriate teeth restorative option to replace your missing teeth, as a dental bridge may not be a good option for your case.
Dental bridges are contraindicated in the following situations:
Dental Bridges at Infinity Smiles:
Infinity Smiles group provides the latest treatment options using advanced materials and technologies to maintain and restore the health and function of your teeth. With our services, you will get high-standard dental care from professional experts. Do not hesitate to contact our dentists or schedule an appointment for a consultation.