The American Dental Association reports that most average adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least three decayed or missing teeth. Fortunately, at Rob Strain, DDS, in Prescott, Arizona, you have options. If you have missing teeth, Dr. Strain offers dental bridges to restore your smile. Call Rob Strain, DDS, or book an appointment online today to learn more about your dental bridge options.
A dental bridge closes gaps in your smile much in the same way an architectural bridge does. An artificial tooth, or pontic, is supported by two abutments, or anchoring teeth, which lie on each side of the gap left behind from your missing tooth.
There are four main types of dental bridges that you can choose from, depending on your unique needs:
A traditional bridge consists of two abutment teeth and one pontic to close a gap in your smile. While these are the most popular type of bridges, they only work when you have strong, healthy teeth on each side of your gap.
A cantilever bridge connects your pontic to one healthy tooth, which is covered by a dental crown. Most dentists recommend cantilever bridges to patients with only one healthy tooth surrounding the gap left behind by your missing tooth.
Maryland bridges are placed like traditional bridges, with one key difference. Instead of covering your abutment teeth with dental crowns, the bridge itself is held up with metal framework. This type of bridge is most often recommended to patients who do not want to reduce their teeth to make room for a dental crown.
Implant-supported bridges are set similarly to traditional bridges. However, rather than holding the bridge together with dental crowns or metal framework, implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants.
The dental bridge process depends entirely on the type you choose. When setting a traditional bridge, Dr. Strain first prepares the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for your new dental crowns. Next, impressions of your teeth are made to serve as blueprints for your custom crowns and pontic.
Bridges are typically fabricated at an outside lab, so Dr. Strain must fit you for a temporary bridge before the end of your first visit. At your second appointment, this temporary restoration is removed to prepare for your permanent bridge.
Your dental bridge is examined and adjusted throughout your visit to ensure the fit is absolutely perfect and as comfortable as possible. Once the dental bridge is cemented into place, it should look and feel just like the rest of your existing teeth.
Dr. Strain has decades of experience in placing dental bridges. To learn more about the bridge process, call Rob Strain, DDS, or book an appointment online today.