Bridges

What are dental bridges?

Who needs a dental bridge?
In cases where one or more of your teeth are missing, a dental bridge can be used to replace the missing teeth with artificial ones. Typically, a bridge is made of crowns affixed to the teeth both sides of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic (false tooth) and is cemented into place.

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, you may benefit from dental bridges. Tooth decay, gum disease, and injury are the most common causes of missing teeth. Your teeth may have been absent due to a congenital disorder or you may have been born with them. You must have healthy teeth adjacent to the missing ones in order to receive a dental bridge.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Together, your teeth form a functional system.

It is possible for neighboring teeth to move into an empty space if a tooth is missing. Your teeth on the opposite side of the space can also move upward or downward. This may lead to: bite problems, chewing difficulties, you may experience pain in your teeth and jaw as a result of the extra stress, feeling self-conscious about one's appearance or smile.

Dental bridges typically consist of the following components: Two crowns are placed on either side of the gap on adjacent teeth. An anchor tooth, or supporting tooth, can be either one of your natural teeth or a dental implant. False teeth (or teeth) are attached to crowns and fill the gap left by missing teeth.

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Do dental bridges come in a variety of types?

There are four primary types of bridges:

The most common fixed bridge is the traditional fixed bridge. An implant consists of two or more crowns and a filler tooth or teeth that are all joined together. A bridge is maintained by the crowns. Traditional bridges are constructed from metal, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. An abutment tooth is connected to one pontic tooth in this type of bridge. When one's teeth are only located on one side of a gap, this can sometimes be an option.

In Williamsburg, resin bonded bridges are available for individuals who are missing front teeth. The tooth is constructed of porcelain fused to metal or ceramic and is supported by a framework. On either side of the bridge are dental crowns that are attached to the natural teeth. A bridge supported by implants resembles a traditional fixed bridge, except that instead of being cemented in place to teeth, it is secured to implants.

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What can I use instead of a dental bridge?

Partially removable false teeth are also known as partial dentures. They are removable for cleaning. A dental implant may also be an option for you. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone. It is your dentist's responsibility to determine which option is right for you.

You may be recommended a dental implant instead of a bridge by your dentist. In a dental laboratory, new teeth are created based on a model of your mouth. The implant is placed in your jaw by a surgeon. As the implants are integrated into the jawbone, the new teeth are attached to them. Implants have the advantage that they do not require support from the adjacent teeth.