Dental Bridges San Diego

Benefits Of Different Types Of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an effective way to take care of one or more missing teeth, which is not an unusual situation. In fact, according to the American Dental Association, adults between 20 and 64 years have on an average three missing or degenerating teeth. There are multiple dental solutions you can choose to resolve this problem including dental bridges. Dentists usually recommend four types of dental bridges—with research indicating that bridges are strong enough to replace molars.

Traditional Dental Bridges

These are the most conventional and also popular type of bridges. They consist of one or more artificial teeth that are held together by abutments or dental crowns. They are cemented with the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.

A patient having natural teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing teeth will gain the most through traditional bridges. To place the bridges, the dentist prepares your adjacent teeth to create space for the crowns, which are fused on top. And in the process, the enamel of the adjoining teeth is eliminated. But as the enamel does not grow back, the teeth will need to be protected with crowns: even if you later opt for a different bridge.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges: the only difference is that the pontic or the artificial teeth is held in place by an abutment on just one side and not both. Therefore, a bridge can still be secured if the dentist finds only one tooth next to the gap.

Similar to traditional bridges, the adjoining tooth is prepared to provide support to the bridge after its enamel is removed. Being a restorative support only for one side, these bridges may act as a lever in some cases, which may result in complications later such as loose crowns or fractured teeth.

Maryland Bridges

Considered as a conservative option compared to traditional bridges, Maryland bridges comprise of an artificial tooth held in place by a framework made of either porcelain or metal. The framework is placed firmly on to the back surface of the two teeth adjoining the missing tooth. Your dentist does not file the adjoining teeth as the bridge is not held in place by crowns.

Maryland bridges have a couple of major negatives. Their strength is limited by the sturdiness of the resin, which holds it in position. The bridge may not stay where it was placed due to forceful biting of the molars. Also, the framework of the bridge may come in the way of your gums or bite.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Patients with more than one missing tooth will find implant-supported bridges an effective dental solution. These bridges are not supported by frameworks or crowns: instead, dental implants are used. One dental implant is put in place per missing teeth, and a series of implants binds the bridge in position. But if putting one implant per lost tooth is not feasible, your dentist will place a bridge consisting of a pontic that’s hanging between two implant-supported crowns.

Implant-supported bridges feel quite comfortable and secure in a patient’s mouth: like natural teeth. The ridges can be kept in top shape through traditional dental care by regular teeth brushing. But there’s one issue of concern for patients. Two surgeries are needed to position the dental implants—for placing the implant and the bridge—leading to a waiting period of at least five months to receive your finished dental bridge.

To know which type of dental bridge suits you the most, please contact Mesa Family Dental where Dr. Touran Davoudi and her staff will help you with all the needed information.