At JP Dental & Implant Center, we recommend the use of dental bridges to people with one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance designed to replace missing teeth within your mouth. The device is anchored into place and cannot be removed at home.
Dental Bridge Construction
As the name suggests, dental bridges are made of three or more pieces fused to bridge the gap left in the mouth due to missing teeth. Most bridges are made of two anchoring crowns that fit over the teeth on both sides of the gap. The middle part is made of one or multiple false teeth, called pontics. These two crowns and the pontic/pontics are fused together and cemented to the anchoring teeth. In some cases, a bridge may be cemented to your natural teeth instead of crowns.
Types of Dental Bridges
Here are several types of dental bridges. Dr. John P. Poovey and Dr. Wilcox can determine the condition of your mouth and find out which dental bridge suits you the best.
Traditional Dental BridgesTraditional bridges are made up of a false tooth or multiple false teeth that are held in place by two crowns. These crowns are fitted onto the teeth on either side of the gap. This is the strongest and most popular kind of dental bridge and can withstand large pressures.
Cantilever Dental BridgesA cantilever dental bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it is anchored by a single crown. This dental bridge is used when only one healthy tooth is available on the side of the gap to support the device. Cantilever bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges and can fracture the tooth if high pressure is applied to them. This bridge is only recommended to be used on the front teeth.
Maryland Dental BridgesMaryland dental bridges do not require crowns. Instead, they are bonded with a resin material to the back of your teeth with a metal or porcelain framework. This is the most conservative type of dental bridge, though its success rate is not so high. There is a greater chance of the cement chipping off, making the bridge loose.
Taking Care of your Dental Bridges
After receiving a dental bridge, you must take care of your oral hygiene.
||Brush your teeth regularly at least twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste and soft-bristled brush. This gets rids of food debris trapped between the gums and the bridge and prevents dental decay. If plaque is allowed to accumulate, it can result in dental bridge failure.
||It is very important to floss your teeth at least once a day with a soft dental threader to get rid of plaque and debris trapped between your gums and dental bridge and the space between your teeth.
||Reduce your intake of sugary and starchy food as they produce strong acids that can lead to tooth decay.
||Avoid eating very hard, or sticky food as that can damage or loosen your dental bridges.
With the proper care, your dental bridges can last 10 years.
Make sure you visit JP Dental & Implant Center every six months so that we can check the condition of your bridge and the health of your gums and remaining teeth. To schedule an appointment, call us at (970) 822-7622 today.