When a patient is missing one or more teeth, there are a variety of tooth-replacement options available that help you restore both the form and function of your smile. Dental bridges are often the best choice for patients who are missing one or more teeth all in a row.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental appliance designed to literally bridge the gap between your teeth where one tooth or a section of teeth is missing.
The basic dental bridge design consists of two pontics (dental crowns) on either end of a “bridge” of replacement teeth.
Dental Bridges at ONE Dental
At ONE Dental, we’re fully equipped to restore our patients’ smiles using a variety of dental bridge types. We can help you determine the right dental bridge for you based on your dental restoration needs and treatment preferences.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge has one crown on both of its ends (pontics), and these crowns are anchored to the natural teeth neighboring the gap of missing teeth.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
An implant-supported crown is similar to the traditional dental bridge, but the two crowns are permanently fixed to dental implants rather than natural teeth.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
A Maryland bonded bridge does not use crowns to fix the dental device in place. Instead, it attaches with a wire frame that has metal wings on both sides. These wings hug the neighboring natural teeth and are hidden and fixed into place with tooth-colored dental bonding.
Like a cantilever bridge in civil engineering, a cantilever bridge in dentistry is supported only on one side. This type of bridge uses one crown to attach to a natural tooth or dental implant, and it is used when patients are missing teeth at the end of an arch.
What To Expect When Getting a Dental Bridge
The process for getting a dental bridge varies slightly depending on which type of bridge you are having placed. For example, the preparation for a traditional bridge differs from the preparation for an implant-supported bridge, and both require more preparation than a Maryland bridge. Our dentists can walk you through the steps and process for each to help you decide which type of bridge is the right one for you.
With the exception of implant-supported bridges, which require a surgical process for placing dental implants, bridges can usually be completed with two dental appointments: one for teeth preparation, dental impressions, design, and manufacturing, and a second appointment for bridge placement.
Restore and Rejuvenate You Smile at ONE Dental
Whether you’re missing a series of teeth in a row, most of a dental arch, or just one tooth, we have a variety of tooth-replacement options and smile restoration services that can have your teeth looking, feeling, and working just like new!
To learn more about smile restorations with our Miami dentists at ONE Dental, we welcome you to contact our office today.