Dental bridges are a cosmetic dentistry treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. They are designed to "bridge" the gap created by the missing teeth and restore the functionality and appearance of the smile. At Dental Care of Fremont, a dental bridge is a custom-made device that replaces one or more missing teeth in a row. They comprise two crowns, one on either side of the gap, with a false tooth or teeth in between. The crowns fit over the surrounding teeth for support and firmly hold the false teeth. In addition, a bridge helps to preserve the patient’s remaining natural teeth and jawbone because it prevents them from shifting out of position and into the space where teeth are missing. This also helps to prevent other dental health issues, such as bite misalignment.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth held in place by dental crowns placed on the abutment teeth adjacent to the gap. The crowns serve as anchors to support the bridge. This type of bridge is made from materials like porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, or zirconia. Traditional bridges are suitable when healthy and robust abutment teeth are on both sides of the gap.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but is supported by only one abutment tooth adjacent to the gap. This type of bridge is used when there is only one healthy tooth next to the gap.
Maryland Dental Bridge
Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, this type uses a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. The pontic is attached to the framework and fills the gap. Maryland bridges are a conservative option as they do not require significant alteration of the adjacent teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are designed to resemble natural teeth in appearance and function. The materials used, such as porcelain or ceramic, can be color-matched to the surrounding teeth, resulting in a seamless and natural-looking smile. Bridges help restore the confidence to smile and speak without the self-consciousness caused by missing teeth.
Dental bridges restore the ability to chew and speak correctly, which can be compromised by missing teeth. They distribute the forces of biting and chewing more evenly across the dental arch, preventing excessive strain on the remaining teeth. This contributes to maintaining proper oral function and reducing the risk of additional dental problems. With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years. Good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, are essential for maintaining the health of the supporting teeth and gums. Avoiding habits like biting on hard objects and maintaining a balanced diet can also help prolong the bridge's lifespan.
If you are missing one or more teeth and feel that a dental bridge could restore your smile and boost your confidence, contact Dental Care of Fremont at 43195 Mission Blvd # B4, Fremont, CA 94539, or call (510) 651-8479.