Studies by the ADA have revealed that it’s common for American adults to be missing three or more teeth. It’s also common for adults patients to be suffering from a similar degree of decay. Dental restoration using a dental bridge makes it possible to address the oral health concerns of these patients. The dental bridge procedure can return functionality and beauty to a smile without the need for dentures. This is accomplished by affixing a pontic, a form of dental prosthetic, on two adjacent crowns.
You’ll often hear crowns and bridges mentioned in the same context. These two dental restorations both serve to restore damaged or decay teeth to full functionality. They also have the ability to restore a more natural appearance to the smile. They are used in cases where the decay or trauma is too extensive to make a filling possible. A bridge is appropriate when one or more adjacent teeth have been extracted. Repairing this involves the placement of an abutment, or mounting point, on two teeth adjoining the gap. A prosthesis, known as a pontic, is joined to these abutments to replace the missing teeth.
Four Types Of Dental Bridges Our Dentists May Use:
- Traditional Dental Bridge – This dental restoration is the most common in use and is the form discussed above. The abutments in these restorations are providing the support for the pontic.
- Cantilever Bridge – In certain cases, a bridge may be able to be supported on a single abutment. Due to the excess stress, this places on the abutment and the increased risk of failure, it’s an uncommon solution.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – When there’s more than a single tooth that needs to be restored, an implant-supported bridge may be used. The larger the gap that needs to be covered, the more strain would be experienced by a traditional bridge. Instead, the bridge is mounted on a titanium implant providing the necessary support.
- Maryland Bridge – This form of bridge is quite uncommon, coming with a unique set of drawbacks and benefits. The metal support is cemented into place on the existing teeth. This eliminates the need to remove healthy tissue to mount the abutments. However, it lacks the stability or resilience of normal crown/bridges. The teeth that support it can also become damaged under the additional strange.
The specifics of your oral health will determine which style of bridge is appropriate for your oral health concerns.
We’re Ready To Restore Your Smile At Elite Dental Group
Is it time to determine if your smile can be restored with dental bridges? Arrange for a consultation at our Poughkeepsie, NY office to see the Elite Dental Group team. We’ll appoint a convenient time for you to come in and consult with a specialist. While you’re here, we’ll discuss your dental history and perform a complete exam. Dental imaging may be required to understand the full scope of your dental needs. Once the results have been reviewed, our team will provide you with a list of potential options for addressing your concern. Call today and start looking forward to a beautiful smile!