A Dental Bridge also known as Fixed Removable Denture, is a restorative are a restorative procedure for people who have lost one or more teeth and wants to replace it. The procedure and the cost of these will depend on the type of dental bridge that is chosen.
Bridges can be supported in any of three ways:
- By natural teeth
- By implants
- By a combination of teeth and implants
There are different types of dental bridges and it is necessary to go to an appointment with the dentist so he can decide which type of dental bridges is the most adequate for the patient according to their dental conditions.
Traditional Dental Bridges
A traditional dental bridge is the best-known type of bridge, it is made by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth or teeth between the crowns. The crowns, sometimes called caps, can be supported by natural teeth or by implants. The false tooth or teeth are attached to the crowns and fill the empty space.
Traditional bridges can be used in cases where there are natural teeth on both sides of the gap left by the missing tooth. The disadvantage of traditional bridges is that the dentist will have to remove the enamel to prepare the adjacent teeth and make room for the crowns that will be cemented over them. And because the enamel does not regenerate, these teeth will always have to be protected with crowns. If the teeth receiving the crowns are healthy and strong, they probably will not need root canal therapy. Traditional bridges are made either of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or ceramics.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
A Cantilever Dental Bridge is held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing. They are very similar to traditional bridges, but the difference is that the pontic is attached to the pillar only on one side instead of both and if there is only one natural tooth next to the hole the bridge is still safe.
Like with traditional dental bridges, the dentist will have to prepare the adjacent tooth by removing the enamel so it can be able to support the bridge.
Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges
Although Maryland bridges are more conservative than traditional bridges, they have some disadvantages. The strength of the resin that holds the bridge fixed limits its strength, so it is possible that it is not fixed in areas of the mouth where the teeth must make a lot of force when biting, such as molars. In addition, the structure could affect the gums or the bite.
A Maryland Bonded Dental Bridge, also called resin-bonded bridge or acid-etched bridge, is considered a conservative alternative to traditional dental bridges. These type of bridges consists of a metal framework with “wings” on each side. The wings are bonded to the back of the existing teeth. The false teeth are also bonded to the framework. Although Maryland bridges are more conservative than traditional bridges, they have some disadvantages. The strength of the resin that holds the bridge fixed limits its strength, so it is possible that it is not fixed in areas of the mouth where the teeth must make a lot of force when biting, such as molars. In addition, the structure could affect the gums or the bite.
Bonded bridges usually are not as expensive as traditional bridges. That’s because the adjacent teeth need less preparation and do not get crowns. However, these bridges are only as strong as the bonding material. Resin-bonded bridges tend not to stay cemented in place as well as other kinds in parts of the mouth where there is a lot of biting force. They also may not be the best choice if the wings will have to be small to avoid getting in the way of the bite or the gums.
All of these options will be explained to each of our patients, always looking to get the best results in a time frame on which you feel comfortable with our amazing dental work.
On average, bridges last five to seven years. A major reason bridges fail is that new cavities develop on the supporting teeth. These cavities occur because of poor oral hygiene. With proper hygiene, which includes flossing your teeth under the bridge, they will last longer.