Dental bridges replace missing teeth and are securely attached with various components.
A dental bridge is designed to replace missing teeth. It’s made up of an artificial tooth, which is known as a pontic and which is secured in place by the abutment teeth on each side of the gap left by the missing teeth. Pontics can be made from a number of materials, although in most cases they are made of porcelain for a natural-looking appearance.
Read on to find out more about dental bridges, how they are attached in the mouth, and what issues they can resolve…
How is a dental bridge attached?
There are a number of types of bridges, some of the most popular of which are fixed, cantilever and adhesive bridges. Fixed bridges are usually made up of three crowns, which are joined together. The crowns hold the false teeth in place and are cemented onto the abutment teeth. This type of bridge is widely used, and is often an ideal option for individuals who have missing teeth remaining on each side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
Cantilever bridges work in a similar way to fixed bridges in that the pontic is secured by a dental crown, which is cemented to an abutment tooth. In the case of a cantilever bridge, it is only necessary to have one natural tooth remaining next to the gap.
An adhesive bridge comprises a false tooth on which a metal or tooth-coloured ‘wing’ is attached to a natural tooth on either side of the missing tooth. An adhesive bridge can have one or two wings, depending on the case.
Another type of bridge that may be used to replace missing teeth is an implant-supported dental bridge. This type of bridge involves the use of dental implants instead of crowns and/or frameworks. In most cases, an implant is placed for each tooth that is missing, and these implants work by holding the bridge in place.
What are dental bridges used for?
There are a number of benefits to replacing a missing tooth and a dental bridge can restore one’s oral health considerably. When you have a dental bridge placed, you can expect improved chewing ability, as well as restored speech if you have had trouble with pronunciation as a result of missing teeth.
By replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge, it is also possible to maintain the shape of your face in the long-term. The restoration also helps to prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of their correct positions over time.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer a range of restorative treatments, including dental crowns and bridges. We offer three types of bridges: cantilever, fixed and adhesive bridges. If you would like to replace some missing teeth and restore your oral health, as well as the appearance of your smile, we encourage you to come in and see us for a consultation. We will guide you through the process and let you know which treatment is most appropriate for your needs.
If you would like to find out more about the dental bridges available at Access Dental Care, please have a look here.
We also offer a range of other restorative dentistry services, including white fillings, inlays, onlays, dental crowns, dental implants, and root canal therapy. If you would like to find out more about our restorative treatments, please take a look here.
If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on (08) 9485 0600 or get in touch with us here. We have three locations across Perth, and have flexible opening hours to ensure that you have access to convenient care when you need it.