Dental bridges are used in general and restorative dentistry to close a gap or gaps left by missing teeth. They are placed as false teeth that are held into place by abutment teeth adjacent to both sides of the prevailing gap.
Dental bridges, also called pontics, are made of two or more dental crowns for the adjacent teeth, plus a false middle tooth to fill the gap left by the missing tooth/teeth. Once in place, they are strong and reliable for use. They also have a natural feel and much similar to your natural teeth.
The main types of dental bridges available at Tamarack Dental Associates are:
This is the most popular type of dental bridge. It’s a false tooth that is cemented on two dental crowns side by side and bonded with abutment teeth. If your dentist recommends a dental bridge for you, you are most likely to get a traditional bridge. Porcelain and Porcelain-Fused-Metal (PFM), gold, and resins are used to make conventional bridges.
Dentists use this type of bridge if the adjacent tooth is only on one side of the gap being bridged. Its stability depends on the one side that is cemented to an abutment tooth. Dentists in Altus OK don’t recommend cantilever bridges for back teeth because they can cause too much pressure to the attached tooth and damage it. They are also not as common compared to traditional bridges.
Maryland-bonded tooth bridges (Resin Bonded Bridges)
This type of dental bridge is made mainly of porcelain, PFM, and at times plastic that’s been braced by a framework made of porcelain or metal. The metal or porcelain is bonded only on one side of the gap to an existing tooth.
Maryland Bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but the only difference is they use a metallic or porcelain framework instead of a dental crown. Just like traditional bridges, Dentists in Altus OK only use them when there are adjacent teeth on both sides of the gap left by the absent tooth.
Implant-Supported Dental Implant
The name itself suggests implant-braced bridges use dental implants, unlike the other two, which use frameworks and crowns. They are deemed the strongest and most long-lasting type of bridges. Dentists can suspend the pontic between two implant-supported dental crowns.
To install them, two types of surgeries are performed:
This procedure can take a few months until full completion.
Dental Bridges costs vary differently depending on the type of bridges and other factors which include:
Depending on the type of bridge, Implant-Reinforced bridges are the most expensive for a single bridge followed by Traditional and Cantilever Bridges. Maryland Dental bridges are the least expensive among the four.
The frequency of use of dental bridges in Altus OK can be attributed to the benefits they come with, namely:
How sturdy the dental bridge is, depends on the strength of the adjacent teeth on which it is attached to. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene after the procedure is consequently not an option. Daily floss your teeth and brush at least twice a day.
You can also use sterile mouthwash to keep out gum disease and tooth decay. Consult your dentist also for the best diet to stay on while recovering from the treatment.