|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
June 2, 2017
A dental bridge is a cosmetic dentistry tool that are designed to bridge a gap that has formed between healthy teeth due to one or more of the surrounding teeth being gone. It will generally take two dental visits to fit all three types of dental bridges to see which one is best. It is important that the patient maintains better oral health practices during this time and they need strong bone support in the jaw to make sure the bridge is successful. If a patient has poor dental hygiene habits they may not be a good fit for dental bridges, because fitting them in requires that some protective tooth enamel is removed. Some patients don’t have enough enamel to spare.
There are three different types of dental bridges that can be used.
A traditional bridge consists of two abutment teeth an one or more pontic teeth between them. Abutment teeth refer to the natural teeth will receive a crown in the dental bridge and the pontic teeth are the false teeth that the abutment teeth will support. This type of bridge is the most common type of dental bridges that are used by dentists. They will normally be made out of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal.
If there is only one natural tooth present on one side of the missing tooth area than the dentist may have to use a cantilever bridge. Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges in that the pontic teeth will be attached to natural teeth through the crowns. But they differ due to the fact that they are only attached on side of the missing tooth space.
A Maryland bridge can also be called a resin-bonded bridge. This type of dental bridge is usually recommended for replacing lost teeth that are located at the front of the mouth. During the restoration of the bridge the pontic teeth are fused to metal bands that are then fixed to the abutment teeth with resin cement. Maryland bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges. Because of this, they have quite a high rate of failure if used for more than one tooth.
Dental Bridge Care
All three types of dental bridges will require the same amount of oral care. When the abutment teeth are prepared for a bridge it can make the tooth more vulnerable to plaque and decay. It can also cause the surrounding gum region to have a higher likely hood of the development of gum disease. Food particles can become caught in bridges. All of these complications make it even more important to take proper care of all of the teeth. Brush the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste that helps to prevent plaque, tartar build-up and gingivitis. Some research shows that dental bridges last for five to seven years, but with good care, they can last for over a decade or longer.
If you are worried about properly cleaning around the bridge, simply ask your dental hygienist how to best take care of them. They will be able to show you how to brush around the bridge. Make sure you are also going to get a professional dental cleaning at least every six months. Try to avoid foods that can easily become trapped around the bridge, like hard and sticky candies and snacks.
Dental bridges are key to preventing other oral problems that could result from missing teeth. Their main job is to keep the surrounding teeth from moving out of position, but they also help to straighten out one’s smile and can help some patients chew and speak better.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at [email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.