Although having multiple teeth missing is not generally considered an emergency condition, it is usually detrimental the well being of the person’s self-esteem, as it has large effects on their smile.
There are many options available to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges are a good option for many people instead of dentures, it’s best to consult with your Las Vegas dentist to see which option is right for you.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a type of dental component used to restore or permanently replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are considered cosmetic (a visual improvement), but also have a good effect on the prevention of future dental problems. People with missing teeth have a higher risk of developing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Also, in addition to assisting with prevention on health problems, bridges can help a person speak more clearly and smile more attractively.
There are three parts to a dental bridge: a pontic (false) tooth to cover the empty space and two abutments (support) teeth.
There are three types of dental bridges available: resin-bonded, conventional, and cantilever. Your Absolute Dental dentist will determine the best option for your situation. Resin-bonded bridges are considered the best alternative when the missing tooth is located in the front of the mouth. Conventional dental bridges consist of a pontic tooth adhered to two crowns. A cantilever bridge involves a single abutment and a pontic tooth.
The Best Candidates For Dental Bridges
People who have teeth missing are perfect candidates for dental bridges. The best candidates for resin-bonded dental bridges are people whose teeth are in good condition and where the two abutment teeth are not severly decayed, damaged, or have not been restored. A missing tooth in the front of the mouth without abutment teeth is the ideal scenario for a cantilever bridge. The pontic is fastened to at least one abutment tooth.
Treatment Method For Bridges
Placing dental bridges involves creating crowns for the area of the missing tooth and the abutment (teeth on either side) of the missing teeth. The treatment for bridges starts with the abutment. After the dentist administers local anesthesia, he or she will clean and prepare these teeth to become supports for the bridge. The preparation stage involves reducing the size of the abutments to fit the pontic teeth.
The dentist then obtains an impression of the adjacent teeth, which is molded and sent to a lab to create the final dental bridge. The dentist fits your teeth with a temporary bridge for you to wear while the lab completes your final bridge. The temporary bridge also functions to protect your teeth from injury. The dentist will contact you to return to their office to remove the temporary bridge and fit and cement the final bridge. For resin-bonded dental bridges, the abutment teeth are bonded to the pontic with metal bands.
- Dental bridges are permanent. If you are uncomfortable with this idea, you might want to consider removable restorative components, such as partial dentures.
- If you practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups, your dental bridges may last upwards of 10 years.
- There is a short adjustment period for dental bridges.