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There are four types of Dental Bridges

Traditional - When natural teeth are on either side of the space, these abutment teeth receive crowns and suspend a pontic tooth in between them to cover the gap.

Cantilever - When only one natural tooth is next to the space, this abutment tooth receives a dental crown and two pontic teeth will be suspended in the gumline

Maryland - Similar to a traditional bridge, two abutment teeth on either side of the gap are used to support the artificial tooth, but instead of receiving dental crowns, a metal framework or metal or porcelain is bonded to the backs of the teeth

Implant-Supported - Instead of fitting the abutment teeth with dental crowns, dental implants are used as the support for the dental bridge. The dental implant can be placed in the gap or use an artificial tooth that is held in place by two dental implants on either side.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are used to fill the space left behind from a missing tooth with an artificial one that is suspended between the two abutment teeth. The abutment teeth receive dental crowns that are connected through a bridge and suspend an artificial tooth (pontic) in the gumline of the gap in the mouth. 

For a dental bridge consultation at Coronado Dental Associates, contact us at (619) 435-0844 or book online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Melanie Villalobos or Dr. Margaret Meadows.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth in the mouth, restoring the appearance and function of the teeth. Having visible gaps in the mouth can cause insecurity in people when they smile so this can do wonders for patient confidence. Losing teeth also makes it more difficult to chew food and speak clearly. 

Bridges act just like real teeth so you’ll be able to speak clearly and eat all of your favorite foods without a problem. Most importantly, bridges prevent issues associated with tooth loss such as shifting teeth and changes in your facial structure which can make you look older than you are.

What Can I Expect From the Bridge Placement Process?

The process begins with a consultation from Dr. Melanie Villalobos or Dr. Margaret Meadows. An oral exam will be performed to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. X-rays may be necessary to get a closer look at oral and bone health. Any signs of decay and gum disease will need to be treated before you can receive a dental bridge.

The first appointment of the procedure will consist of filing down the abutment teeth that are going to support the pontic. This involved filing down the teeth enough so that a dental crown can fit on top of them. This will be painless because you will be given local anesthesia.

The amount of enamel that is removed is proportional to the thickness of the crown. Some patients may receive dental implants for implant-supported bridges. Impressions of your prepared teeth will then be taken and sent to a dental lab that will use them as a model for your dental bridge. 

Your artificial teeth will match your natural teeth in shade, size, and shape as much as possible. Then, a temporary bridge will be placed until your permanent bridge is ready from the lab. Once your official bridge is ready, you will return for another appointment to have the bridge fitted and cemented into place or held in place by dental implants.

How Should I Care For My Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges have an average lifespan of 5-15 years, but this depends on how you manage your oral hygiene and take care of your bridge. There aren’t any specific additional steps you need to take to care of dental bridges, but you should be vigilant in your brushing and flossing routine. 

Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste and floss every day. You may benefit from using a water flosser, interdental brushes, or a floss threader to thoroughly clean out food particles and plaque from your bridge. 

Be careful not to crack your bridge by chewing on hard candies or foods, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth to open packages. Wear a mouthguard at night if you suffer from bruxism. Most importantly, attend regular dental visits every 6 months for cleanings and checkups. Dr. Villalobos or Dr. Meadows will be able to keep a close eye on the condition of your dental bridge and alert you if it needs replacing.

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