A Guide to Dental Bridges
Loss of a tooth not only affects your smile but it also leads to problems such as instability in the surrounding teeth, pain and discomfort. Sometimes, a missing tooth can alter the structure of your face and change your appearance.
A dental bridge is a bridge that is used to fill up the gap caused by a missing tooth. It is made up of false teeth called pontics that are held together by anchoring teeth (also known as abutment teeth) on either side of the missing tooth.
Our dental clinic in Woodbridge has expert dentists and surgeons who are professionally trained and have performed hundreds of dental bridge procedures successfully.
What is a Dental Bridge Made of?
A dental bridge is custom-made. It is usually made of materials such as gold, silver, metal alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia.
Our dentists may use traditional putty or digital imaging to take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are sent to dental laboratory for making crowns. Sometimes dental bridges take some time to process.
Hence, temporary bridges are placed to help restore your appearance.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Traditional dental bridges feature a false tooth/teeth that are held in place by dental crowns cemented over abutment teeth.
Maryland This is similar to a traditional dental bridge. However, for a Maryland dental bridge procedure, our dentists will use a framework of porcelain or metal that is bonded to the back of the abutment teeth.
Cantilever In a cantilever dental bridge, the pontic is held in place using a dental crown that is cemented only to one abutment tooth.
Implant-supported dental bridge Implants are used to support the bridge and they are surgically placed into the jaw.
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