Sometimes people confuse a dental bridge with a crown. They’re not the same. To learn what a crown does, visit here.
What is a dental bridge? A dental bridge is a type of permanent dental prosthesis that is used to replace dental pieces that the patient has lost or whose extraction is predicted, so that said patient recover the functionality of the missing pieces, as well as their aesthetic. Likewise, dental bridges can be implanted in the remaining dental structure or on a removable prosthesis.
Which types of dental bridges exist?
There are three types of dental bridges: traditional, Cantilever and Maryland.
Traditional bridges, on the one hand, have a core inside which material is usually made of a metal alloy that has the ability to withstand the pressure that occurs in the oral cavity. On the other hand, its exterior is made of porcelain to create greater similarity of these with the denture. However, it should be noted that currently there are types of bridges made entirely of porcelain, which are very similar to a real tooth.
Cantilever bridges are those which hold prosthesis only on one side of the edentulous space.
Maryland bridges are dental prosthesis fused with metal bands joined with resin to the abutment tooth. What are the reasons why dental bridges are implanted? Mainly, a dental bridge is implanted to return patients their phonation and chewing functionalities, as well as restore their smile, replace their missing teeth or spaces, prevent their remaining teeth from invading the existing space and preserve their faces’ appearance.
What is the duration of a dental bridge?
Under optimal conditions, dental bridges usually last between 20 and 30 years. It is highly recommended that patients who have a dental bridge keep them in optimal hygienic conditions. Otherwise, they run the risk of presenting subsequent complications and even developing periodontitis.
What is the procedure to implant dental bridges?
Usually, the implantation of a dental bridge requires the patient to attend three dental consultations.
In the first one, the dentist collects the necessary data to design and manufacture a temporary bridge that will be used while the laboratory creates the final one.
Then, during the second consultation, local anesthesia is applied in the area where the bridge will be placed, followed by a carving of those teeth that will act as bridge pillars. Also, in this visit is established the color of the porcelain in which the laboratory will work, requesting the patient’s opinion for that purpose.
Lastly, in the third consultation, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and have the patient test whether the adjustment and occlusion of the definitive bridge are to their liking, in which case the dentist will proceed to cement the bridge. Now, if you are interested in having dental bridge implanted, we recommend that you leave it in the best hands. Please contact us in case you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment. We are here to help!