Age, damage, and decay can all lead to tooth loss. Missing teeth can make it difficult to talk and chew, and even impact your overall oral health. Dental bridges fill in the space left by missing teeth to restore mouth function. Melanie L. Throne, DDS, PA, provides high-quality bridges and dental care at her practice in Fort Worth, Texas. Call the office or book online today to learn more about your options.
A dental bridge is a medical device with artificial teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. It’s called a bridge because it bridges the gap left by a missing tooth.
A bridge is made of pontics, or artificial teeth that look like natural teeth. Porcelain pontics blend in with the rest of your teeth, but sometimes pontics can be made of metal. The bridge is held in place with the help of the existing teeth on either side of the gap, called abutment teeth.
There are a variety of different types of dental bridges. The type that works best for you will depend on the teeth you’re missing, as well as your overall oral health. Traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges are a few of the most common dental bridges.
A traditional bridge is held in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap left by missing teeth.
Dr. Throne cements the bridge — with one or more artificial teeth — to abutment teeth with crowns, or caps, on your natural teeth. Traditional bridges work best when you have healthy, natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
In some cases, traditional bridges can be held in place by dental implants. Implants are artificial teeth that are surgically inserted into your jaw as permanent replacement teeth.
Cantilever bridges are like traditional bridges, but they only require a natural tooth on one side of the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is cemented to a crown on one abutment tooth. This type of bridge is common for teeth at the back of your mouth.
Maryland bonded bridges require two abutment teeth, just like a traditional bridge. But instead of utilizing crowns to hold the bridgework in place, Maryland bonded bridges use a frame of metal or porcelain bonded to the backs of your natural teeth on either side of the gap.
If you have a missing tooth or you need a tooth removed, a dental bridge can restore the look and function of your smile. A bridge is often a good option to:
For the best in restorative dentistry and bridges, visit Dr. Throne and her caring team. Make an appointment online or by phone to get started today.