In a previous blog we discussed What You Need to Know About Dental Crowns. In this blog, we are going to tackle the subject of Dental Bridges. We will discuss the definition, the different types, the benefits, and the procedure. If you think you may need a dental bridge, give Shore’s Family Dentistry a call today to make an appointment. 

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to fill in the gap when you have a missing tooth or teeth. It’s attached to the teeth on each side to literally bridge them together. There are several different types of bridges. Some attach to your natural teeth, while others require one or more crowns or a dental implant for support. Next, we’ll discuss the three different types of dental bridges in more depth. 

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Fixed Bridges: This type of bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be enforced with dental crowns, and then the bridge is connected on each side to the crowns. They require that you have teeth on both sides of the gap. Traditional fixed bridges are the most common type of bridge.

Cantilever Bridges: This type of bridge is used when there is only one tooth to attach it to, such as when you lose a back molar. The existing tooth will be fitted with a crown. It is also possible that your dentist will suggest crowning the tooth next to that as well for extra stability. The bridge is then bonded to the crowned tooth or teeth.

Resin Bonded Bridges: Also known as Maryland bonded bridges, this type is used mainly when you are missing a front tooth. Resin bonded bridges are connected to the surrounding teeth with metal bands. This procedure hides the metal so that you are left with a flawless smile. 

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Improves your ability to speak and eat. 
  • Prevents movement of surrounding teeth.
  • Prevents facial collapse.
  • Less painful than dental implants.
  • Cost is less than that of a dental implant.

Dental Bridge Procedure

The first appointment for your dental bridge will include an evaluation by your dentist. They will decide if a bridge is your best choice and which type will be used. Bridges are best for people who have good dental hygiene, as they must be kept especially clean. 

Once your dentist has decided that you do indeed require a bridge, they will begin by removing some of the enamel from the surrounding teeth to prepare them for the crowns. After your teeth are prepared, they will take an impression that will be used to create your permanent dental crowns and bridge. Your dentist will fit you with temporary crowns to protect your teeth and then schedule your next appointment.

Dental bridges and crowns can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to prepare. When they are ready, your dentist will fit your new crowns and bridge to your teeth. This step may take some time as the dentist wants to ensure that your bite feels natural and comfortable. Sometimes it may even take several visits to get right. 

After your new dental bridge is in place, carefully follow your dentist’s instructions for aftercare, and in a short time you will be able to eat and drink normally. 

Shore’s Family Dentistry — Your Fort Collins Dentist

Are you in need of a dental bridge or other oral care? At Shore’s Family Dentistry, our staff will make you feel welcomed and cared for. We believe in creating long-lasting relationships with our patients. Contact us today to schedule a visit with the most trusted dentists in Fort Collins at Shore’s Family Dentistry.