Dental Bridge Framingham MA
There are many ways in which a person can lose a tooth. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and injury are just a couple of ways. The good news is that patients have several options for replacing a missing tooth. One good option is a dental bridge, particularly if multiple adjacent teeth are missing. A bridge is a teeth replacement option that consists of a dental crown on opposite ends with a pontic tooth in the middle. The pontic can be made from gold, porcelain, alloys or a combination of these materials. Depending on your situation, your dentist can attach a dental bridge to existing teeth or dental implants.
Dental Bridge Process
The process for getting a dental bridge requires two visits. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth. This involves removing some enamel and recontouring these teeth so they can be properly fitted for a crown. Your dentist will then take impressions of the teeth to create a model for the bridge, crowns, and a pontic. You will receive a temporary bridge to protect your teeth until the next visit. At the second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and you will be given your new bridge. It will be adjusted as needed so it fits well in your mouth. Since it may adjust over time, your dentist may have to wait a few weeks before permanently cementing the bridge in place.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional bridge. This is the most common type of bridge. It requires creating a crown for the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. They are typically made of porcelain fused to ceramics or metal.
- Maryland bonded bridge. This type of bridge, also called a resin-bonded bridge, can be made of porcelain, porcelain and metal, or plastic teeth and gums with metal framework. Metal or porcelain wings are bonded to the existing teeth.
- Cantilever bridge.These bridges are not that common anymore, especially for the back of the mouth, where other teeth can become damaged. It is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Restores smile
- Keeps remaining teeth from shifting
- Decreases risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease
- Improves chewing ability
- Improves speech
Dental Bridge Maintenance
With proper care, a dental bridge can last as long as 15 years. Care for your bridge as you would your regular teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. You should also floss daily and eat a healthy diet. Avoid hard food and candy, as they can cause damage to your dental bridge. Stay current on dental exams and cleanings. Contact us right away if you experience any issues.
Replacing missing teeth can help you maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile for years to come. See if a dental bridge is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation. We accept new patients and take most insurances. Call (508) 620-1170 or book an appointment online.