Dental bridges are the ideal restorative solution for patients missing two or more teeth in a single row. They replace multiple missing teeth in a single session, and they’re versatile enough to be supported by the surrounding teeth or dental implants. Dr. Huston customizes the ideal set of dental bridges in Corona, CA to restore your teeth while improving your overall aesthetic appearance.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a form of restorative dentistry wherein a chain of prosthetic teeth replaces one or more missing teeth. The anatomy of a dental bridge includes pontics and connectors. The pontics are the artificial teeth that sit in the gap. The connectors are the crowns on either side of the pontics — they can be attached to dental implants or to the abutment teeth, i.e., the healthy teeth on either side of the empty space.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Bridges: The connectors are attached to the abutment teeth on either side of the empty space, and the pontics replace the missing teeth.
- Cantilever Bridges: The connector is attached to one abutment tooth beside the empty space, and the pontics replace the missing teeth.
- Traditional Bridges: The bridge is supported by a metal framework attached to the surrounding teeth without filing them down. This type of dental bridge isn’t very stable.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Dental implants are attached to the sockets on either side of the empty space. The dental bridge is fastened to the implants.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Dental bridges replace multiple missing teeth with a single procedure.
- They restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably.
- They look and feel like actual teeth.
- Dental bridges prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting.
- Optimal teeth alignment.
- Optimal distribution of bite force.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
- Consultation: Dr. Huston examines your teeth, discusses your goals, runs diagnostic tests, and recommends the ideal treatment plan.
- Dental Implants: If you opt for implant-supported bridges, you’ll first need to get dental implants. You’ll receive the bridge after your jawbone has healed around the implants.
- Impressions: The dentist takes a digital scan of your teeth to produce the ideal dental bridges, ones that resemble your natural teeth.
- Bridge Placement: If you don’t want dental implants, the dentist will prepare the surrounding teeth to attach the bridge. If you get dental implants, the prepared bridge will simply be fastened to the implants.