Missing teeth not only change your smile, but they also affect the surrounding teeth. Although there are a variety of dental solutions, nothing can bridge the gap of your missing teeth better than a dental bridge.
False teeth or pontics are used to bridge missing teeth using two or more crowns bonded together by an abutment. The pontics are available in gold, alloy, or porcelain.
A dental bridge or implant are two distinct treatments used to solve one problem—missing teeth, and each option has its pros and cons.
Dental implants are false teeth attached to a titanium post, and they are surgically fixed into your jawbone. The implants are long-lasting and can, at times, last for a lifetime. On the downside, the dental fixtures not only require invasive surgery, but they also need a thick bone density. Meaning, if you have a severe bone loss, you either do a bone graft or choose a different cosmetic procedure.
Dental bridges are also invasive as the dentist will remove the enamel to support your crowns. However, they are your best option if you lack enough jaw bone required for an implant.
Our dentist will discuss with you both treatments and which is the best option.
Dental bridges offer great benefits;
There are four bridge types that the dentist can use;
1. Traditional bridges
They are the most popular pontics, and they consist of one or more fake teeth held in place by crowns. Traditional bridges are ideal if you have natural teeth on both sides of your missing teeth.
These bridges are effective, but on the flip side, they require prepping of the adjacent teeth, which involves removing the enamel to create room. Enamel doesn’t grow back; therefore, these teeth need to be covered with a crown always, even if you change the bridge type.
2. Maryland bridge
Maryland is similar to the traditional bridges, but instead of a crown, the bridge is held together by a metal or porcelain framework bonded back to the back of the adjacent teeth.
They are also not as strong as the bridge is limited to the strength of the resin. So it may not stay put, especially if fixed in areas subjected to constant biting, like the molars.
3. Cantilever bridges
In cantilever bridges, the false tooth is supported by an abutment on one side instead of both, but the dentist will still need to remove the enamel for support.
Cantilever may cause complications such as fractured teeth.
4. Implant-supported bridges
These are ideal if you have more than one missing tooth, and they are supported by implants rather than crowns or framework.
Implant-supported bridges are secure and comfortable. However, surgery is required to fix the implant, and the process can take five months.
On your first visit, the dentist will analyze your oral health and teeth. Dr. Brechon will prepare your teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to create space for the crown placement and take an impression of your teeth. You will get a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth from sensitivity.
The second dental visit involves the removal of the temporary bridge and fixing the new teeth. You may need a few dental visits to check if the bridge fits properly.
The cost of the dental treatment will depend on the type of bridge, the number of teeth needed, and the complexity of the placement.
These pontics can last for five to 15 years or longer, depending on your oral hygiene and also the expertise of the dentist. So, call us today if you are looking for a dentist in Belvidere, IL. Dr. Brechon will assess your oral health to determine which dental bridge is suitable for you.