Dental Bridges Specialist Q&A
Do you have a missing tooth or missing teeth and feeling the effects it has on you? A Dental bridge may be your best option to help you eat, chew, stop the movement of your other teeth, and keep the natural shape of your facial structure. Call us today to learn more about our dental bridges procedure or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Roswell GA, and Sandy Springs GA.
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A dental bridge is when you have any missing teeth or a gap between teeth where a dentist is able to apply a bridge in-between to close that gap with a false tooth. This false tooth is held in place by what is known as abutment teeth on either side of the gap. False teeth can be made out of several different materials including gold, they are typically made from porcelain to aesthetically blend into the patient’s natural teeth.
There are different types of dental bridges available, as each individual’s case for a dental bridge is different and may need different bridge for each, they are:
• Traditional dental bridge
Traditional bridge is completed with a false tooth or teeth which are held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented in place with the abutment teeth. This is one of the most popular types of dental bridges and is used when you have natural teeth on either side of the gap which was created due to your missing tooth.
• Cantilever dental bridge
Cantilever dental bridge is similar to the traditional bridge, the pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is held in place with a dental crown that is cemented in place with only one abutment tooth. For this particular bridge, you only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap.
• Maryland dental bridge
Again, similar to the traditional dental bridge, the Maryland bridge employ two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap but instead of a dental crown used, the Maryland dental bridge uses a framework style of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the back of the abutment teeth.
• Implant-supported dental bridge
Implant-support dental bridges use dental implants instead of crowns or frameworks. One implant is placed for every missing tooth, and these implants are what hold the bridge in place. Implant-support dental bridges are considered the strongest and most stable dental bridge system, and requires two surgeries:
• One surgery to embed the implants into the jawbone
• A second to place the bridge
Dental bridges are often needed when you have a missing tooth or teeth; as missing your teeth can affect you in a number of ways. A dental bridge helps to address these issues by:
• Restoring your smile
• Restoring the ability to properly chew food or other items
• Restoring your speech and pronunciation of words
• Maintaining your natural facial shape
• Adjusting your bite to distribute the force when you chew properly
• Preventing your remaining teeth from moving from their correct positioning
A dental bridge procedure, regardless of the type has multiple steps involved, and can take more than one visit depending on the type you are having done. The general steps taken for a traditional bridge include:
• Dentist injects a local anesthetic into your gums near the site of the bridge work to help you feel relaxed and no pain.
• The dentist will prepare the supporting surrounding teeth through shaping to make room for the crown to be placed over them.
• Dentists will create an impression of your teeth for their records.
• Dentist will then create a temporary bridge or crown to offer protection to your mouth.
• Dentists will then remove your temporary bridge or crown and fit it over your new, permanent bridge.
• To ensure the fit works well, the dentist may secure the bridge with dental cement for several weeks before permanent placement is completed.
If you have any questions about a dental bridge, call us today! We will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about dental bridges.
Yes, a dental bridge is a permanent fixture in your mouth and cannot be removed. This is to ensure there is no movement and you can easily continue with your daily routines without any issues. Dental bridges can usually last anywhere from 15 years or longer depending on how they are taken care of and the daily oral routine of each individual. If you are looking for a dental bridge, and have any questions about dental bridge and the treatments we offer, contact us today! We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have! We serve patients in Roswell GA, Sandy Springs GA, Alpharetta GA, Crabapple GA, Johns Creek GA, Big Creek GA, Milton GA, Cumming GA, Norcross GA, East Cobb GA, Peachtree Corners GA, Atlanta GA, Marietta GA, Dunwoody GA, Brookhaven GA, Buckhead GA and throughout the Metropolitan area.