A prosthetic restoration used to restore missing teeth and create a natural looking smile
If you have missing teeth, the team at Oracare can bridge the gap and restore full function and aesthetics to your teeth by replacing missing teeth.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth that are attached to adjacent abutment teeth to hold them in place and restore your smile.
There are typically four types of dental bridges, which are the following:
Traditional dental bridge
Traditional dental bridges are artificial teeth that are held down as they are attached to dental crowns which are cemented onto the adjacent teeth. This is the most popular type of dental bridge and is used when there are healthy teeth on both sides of the missing teeth.
Cantilever dental bridge
Very similar to the traditional dental bridge, the cantilever dental bridge is also held in place by a dental crown. However, this bridge only requires one abutment tooth, as it only uses one dental crown. The cantilever bridge is better for the back of the mouth where it cannot place much force on other teeth.
Maryland dental bridge
The Maryland dental bridge does not use dental crowns; however, it does use two abutment teeth, one on either side of the gap. The Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the backside of the adjacent abutment teeth to hold the bridge in place. You require a natural tooth on both sides of the gap to receive this bridge, just like the traditional bridge.
Implant-supported dental bridge
This bridge utilises dental implants to hold the bridge firmly in place. This means you do not need any supporting abutment teeth to receive this bridge. Find out more information on dental implants here.
The dental bridge procedure:
You will have an initial consultation with the Oracare dental team so that we can make sure you are suitable for a dental bridge.
Depending on the type of bridge you are receiving, treatment will be slightly different, with the exception of the dental implant supported bridge.
The crown-supported bridges will require the abutment teeth to be prepared for dental crowns, which includes filing the teeth down to make room for the crowns. You will have impressions of your smile taken before and after the preparation of your teeth.
The impressions will be sent to our on-site dental laboratory, where your artificial teeth and crowns will be fabricated into a dental bridge. In the meantime, you will receive a temporary restoration.
Once your dental bridge is ready, you will return, and have it cemented into place using the dental crowns on the abutment teeth for the traditional and cantilever bridges. For the Maryland bridge you receive a metal or porcelain framework attached to the backside of the abutment teeth.
You can expect your dental bridge to last for between 5 to 15 years, or even longer with the appropriate care. By maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups your dental bridge will last as long as possible.
Take care of your dental bridge just like natural teeth, by brushing and flossing it daily.
Speak to Oracare about dental bridges
If you have missing teeth and would like to get them replaced, a dental bridge may be the perfect option for you. To find out if the dental bridge is suitable for you, get in contact with the team at Oracare and come in for a consultation.
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