What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device cemented onto existing teeth or implants. It replaces missing teeth by using the surrounding teeth as a foundation, creating a literal ‘bridge’ between the remaining teeth and missing ones. Unlike dentures that can be taken out and cleaned daily, only our dentist can remove a dental bridge.
Our dentists may recommend a bridge to patients missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces. This can result in a bad bite and cause imbalance that could lead to issues like gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of the face
Properly distribute the forces in the patient’s bite
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
How Are Dental Bridges Inserted?
Bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants to span the space where teeth are missing. Known as abutments, these teeth serve as anchors for the new bridge. Our dentist then attaches a replacement tooth, called a pontic, to the crowns that cover the abutments.
After the dental bridges are placed, The Masters Dental Group will schedule a follow up appointment to evaluate the bridge and see how the patient’s mouth is reacting to the treatment. Even though everything feels normal, it’s important for our dentist to double-check everything.
Why Choose Porcelain for a Dental Bridge?
Although there is a choice of materials for bridges, dental porcelain is remarkable in its ability to replicate both the form and function of original teeth. Our dentist can shape dental porcelain to replicate original teeth and fit comfortably within the patient’s established bite pattern. Because porcelain is very durable, it handles most natural tooth functions well. There’s also an aesthetic benefit, as porcelain can match the color of natural teeth. With its glass-like whiteness and translucence, it closely mimics tooth enamel, ensuring a smile that looks natural and as beautiful as ever.
The Masters Dental Group can help you decide which material is best based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost. Not only do dental bridges improve oral health, they also improve the smile with the longevity, durability, and aesthetic desired.