Losing a tooth can be embarrassing, and may cause problems with eating and talking or lead to shifting of the surrounding teeth. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult aged 20-64 has three decayed or missing teeth. The good news is that devices like dental bridges can be used to literally bridge the gap. Dr. Jane L. Dodson and the staff at Bainbridge Dental Associates in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, are experienced with dental bridges. Go online to book an appointment or call the office today.
A dental bridge forms a connection between missing teeth, and is usually supported by either implants or neighboring healthy, natural teeth. Typically a bridge is composed of two crowns on the teeth on either side of the empty space created by the missing teeth, along with the prosthetic tooth that fills the gap.
In addition to the obvious advantage of improved appearance, because artificial teeth replace the missing ones, there are numerous benefits of dental bridges. They include:
Yes. There are several types of dental bridges commonly used, including a traditional bridge and a Maryland bridge.
The most common dental bridge is called a traditional bridge. Dr. Dodson makes this type of bridge by creating a crown for the natural tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a false tooth in between.
Another type is a Maryland bridge or resin-bonded bridge. In this variation, Dr. Dodson bonds a metal or porcelain framework to the backs of your existing teeth on both sides of the gap. This framework holds the false tooth in place.
If Dr. Dodson wants to use a different type of bridge in your case, she will explain it to you.
Creating a bridge is similar to making a crown. During your first visit, Dr. Dodson prepares the anchoring teeth by shaving or contouring them so that a crown can be placed on them. She then makes a mold of your teeth to create a model of the bridge so that the dental laboratory can create it. Dr. Dodson fits you for a temporary bridge that will protect your gums and teeth while your permanent bridge is being made.
When the permanent bridge returns from the lab, Dr. Dodson removes the temporary one and cements the permanent bridge into place. She checks and adjusts the fit during this appointment, but you may need to return if you need further adjustments to ensure proper fit.
If you’ve lost a tooth, a bridge is a functional, aesthetically-pleasing way to fill the gap. Contact Bainbridge Dental Associates to schedule a consult.