Dental bridges are a common procedure at our office and literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Comprised of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in the missing space, a bridge procedure enables us to help you keep that beautiful smile. As your smile is one of the first features someone notices, we strive to assist you with any cosmetic dentistry issues that may be hindering your outward appearance and affecting your confidence. There are many benefits to and reasons for getting a bridge put in, as well as several different types of bridges available. Dr. Nishimura will be able to determine the best path for each particular patient upon observation, ensuring each individual gets the proper dental treatment that will provide them with a natural smile.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is considered a fixed dental restoration, a process that uses two anchoring teeth, or abutment teeth, on either side of a false tooth or teeth. The false teeth are referred to as pontics and can be made from numerous materials, such as gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. The constructed dental bridge is then supported by a patient’s natural teeth, or implants if applicable. Bridges are also referred to as a fixed removable denture, as they are designed to replace a missing tooth. The two anchoring teeth are crowns, or caps, and the false tooth is then attached to the crowns to fill the gap left by a tooth.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
There are numerous benefits of a dental bridge, including:
- Aid in restoring your smile
- Help restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the overall shape of your face
- Aid in the proper distribution of force when you bite or chew
- Prevent remaining teeth from getting out of alignment
What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?
There are several main types of bridges that are available today. Which type you will need will depend on Dr. Nishimura’s opinion and your specific case. The most common types of bridges are:
- Traditional bridges – these involve creating a crown for the natural tooth or implant on both sides of the missing tooth. A pontic is then placed in between the newly created crowns. This is the most common type of bridge and is either made out of porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic
- Cantilever bridges – these are used when there are only adjacent teeth on one side of the gap
A dental bridge can typically be completed within two visits to our office. In order to determine the best path for you, it is important you openly discuss your options with Dr. Nishimura and our official staff. Dental bridges are a great way for you to maintain your natural smile and also prevent further damage to your existing teeth.