If you have lost a tooth through decay or injury, a dental bridge may be the ideal solution to restore your smile. At Time Dental the procedure to fit the bridge is simple and quick and the optimum function of the mouth will be restored without any pain. It is vital to fill tooth gaps otherwise they can lead to an increased risk of oral diseases, in addition to having an effect on the function of the teeth and speech. Gaps also make the smile look less aesthetically pleasing and can affect confidence and self-esteem.
What is a dental bridge
A dental bridge is an appliance made of pontic and a false tooth, which is attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap. Bridges are custom-made for the individual and are available in different materials, including porcelain, precious metals and a combination of ceramic materials and metal. Bridges are made in the laboratory based on the impressions and images of your teeth, after which they are returned to the practice to be fitted into your mouth.
Types of dental bridges
There are different types of dental bridge:
- The most common type is the traditional fixed bridge. The traditional bridge procedure involves attaching the false tooth to the teeth adjacent to the gap and then using crowns to fix the new teeth into place.
- Maryland Bridges (also known as resin-bonded bridges) are used when the teeth adjacent to the gap are strong and in good condition and are also used when a front tooth is missing. The Maryland Bridge is attached to the neighbouring teeth using metal bands and fixed using resin.
- The third type of bridge is the cantilever bridge. This form of bridge is used when there are only healthy teeth on one side of the gap and so the bridge has to be attached to one or more teeth on the healthy side of the missing teeth.
Dental bridges at Time Dental are the ideal restorative treatment to provide much needed protection for the function and aesthetics of your smile.