Dental Bridge Specialist
Dental bridges are one of the most reliable, comfortable and durable options for replacing one or more missing natural teeth. A tooth bridge not only possess excellent aesthetics and lifelike appearance, but it also restores chewing and speech efficiency and functions virtually like natural teeth. That is why, at URBN Dental, we recommend a tooth bridge as an aesthetic, convenient and long-lasting alternative to removable dentures. All major insurances accepted, including medicare.
What is a Dental Bridge Used for?
A dental bridge is a perfect way to replace missing teeth. This is basically a set of fake or prosthetic teeth made of porcelain, composite resin, ceramic, or other tooth-colored materials. These fake teeth are known as “pontics” and they replace all of your missing teeth. Dental bridges Houston TX, however, have to be flanked by either dental crowns or dental implants that can support them.
The primary purpose of a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth. If you want to enhance the quality of your smile with a complete set of pearly white teeth, then dental bridges are the way to go. In addition to aesthetic appearance, dental bridges can also help you speak and eat better by replacing essential teeth.
What are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are several type of dental bridges depending on how they are supported. The pontics or fake teeth in the dental bridge can’t stand on their own so they have to be supported by either dental crowns or dental implants. The following are the different types of dental bridges based on that.
Types of Dental Bridges Houston
A traditional bridge or conventional bridges are the most common type of dental bridges available. These comprise of one or more fake teeth supported on either side by dental crowns. The dentist will have to shave off some of the surrounding teeth so they can attach dental crowns over the surrounding teeth, with the pontics falling in between the dental crowns. Once the surrounding teeth are shaved down, they can never grow back to their original size. As such, dental traditional bridge is a permanent procedure that requires an alteration of your original teeth’s structure.
Dental cantilever bridge is a type of dental bridge in which the pontics are supported by a dental crown on one side of the missing teeth. The tooth next to the missing teeth will have to be shaved and reduced in size so the dentist can attach the dental crown that supports the rest of the missing teeth. This procedure is also permanent because it involves altering a tooth’s original structure.
Dental maryland bridge is the type of dental bridge in which the dentist doesn’t have to alter any of your original teeth’s structure, making it far more reversible and conservative. Instead of dental crowns, the pontics will be secured in place by metallic or porcelain abutments. The dental maryland bridge, in this case, will be fairly weak because the abutments aren’t as secure as dental crowns and the framework can get between the gums. A dental maryland bridge isn’t used in areas like molars because they’re not as strong. You can use a dental maryland bridge as a trial before getting other more secure dental bridges.
This is the most effective and strongest replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are metallic posts or roots that are drilled into the jawbone of the missing teeth. Over time, the jaw heals and grows around the metallic post, securely holding it in place. The dental bridge is simply attached over the metallic post, making it completely secure. Furthermore, there’s no need to alter the surrounding teeth either. This procedure, however, may take several weeks because there’s a healing and recovery period after the dental implants are first attached. Furthermore, you’ll also need to have suffixal jawbone under the missing teeth, otherwise you’ll have to get bone grafts done to replace the missing jawbone.
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Pros and Cons of Conventional Bridges
Conventional bridges are the most common type of dental bridges. They carry a unique set of pros and cons.
- Conventional bridges give you a complete smile makeover by replacing your missing teeth.
- You can speak and chew better because of the presence of a complete set of teeth.
- It maintains the shape of your face.
- Since dental crowns are attached to the surrounding teeth and the gap is bridged, the surrounding teeth don’t drift away over time.
- Helps with even distribution of bite force.
- Relatively cheap compared to dental implants.
- You don’t have to wait several months to get the dental bridge, as is the case in dental implants.
- The dental bridge is securely held in place.
They have to be supported by dental crowns on both sides. This means the dentist will have to remove the enamel from your surrounding teeth, even if they’re completely healthy. Enamel doesn’t grow back, which means you’ll always need to have dental crowns on your surrounding teeth. This makes it a permanent and invasive procedure.
Getting a Bridge
- The dentist will examine your teeth to determine if dental bridges are suitable for you, and which type of dental bridge will be best for your needs. They will discuss all of your options and allow you to choose the type of dental bridges you want.
- The dentist will take an exact impression of your teeth and also record the correct shade of your teeth so that the prepared dental bridge can look like your real teeth.
- If you choose a conventional bridge or a dental cantilever bridge, the dentist will shave off some of the enamel from your surrounding teeth to prepare them for the dental crown.
- The dentist will send the dental mold of your teeth to a laboratory so they can create the right set of dental bridge for your needs. Meanwhile, you’ll have to wear a temporary dental bridge for about two weeks.
- After the dental bridge is prepared, the dentist will attach it to your teeth and make some final adjustments and polish it so that it looks just like all of your other teeth.
- You’ll have to return to the dentist after a few weeks again so they can set it permanently.
Consult a Dental Bridge Specialist
At URBN Dental, we thoroughly examine your teeth to determine how to create the perfect set of dental bridges that elevate your aesthetic appearance while also looking just like your actual teeth. For more information, please consult a dental bridge specialist today.