Bridges are applied to place a synthetic tooth between two natural teeth without the need for a dental implant. Bridges are suitable for patients who do not want to go through months of surgery for a dental implant, but still need their whole tooth replaced. The reason most patients get bridges is due to severe damage, which is usually due to decay, cracks, or fractures. Brush & Floss Dental Center offers a number of different types of bridges to fit your needs.
How Is a Bridge Fitted?
Local anesthesia is used to numb the area in which the surgery will be taking place. The two neighboring teeth are filed down, like they would be for a crown, to be prepared for the bridge placement. The bridge itself is a row of three ceramic teeth that slot over the two adjacent teeth and fill the gap in the middle. The bridge will need to be made to a great deal of accuracy, which is why our dentists wait until after the neighboring teeth have been filed before they take measurements for the manufacturing of the dental bridge.
The measurements are sent to a dental lab where they will make an accurate dental bridge from a single block of porcelain via CAD/CAM technology. The bridge should slot perfectly over the patient’s teeth and feel natural within the mouth. Porcelain is used because it can be matched to the color of the patient’s teeth, and porcelain gives off a gleam like a natural tooth would. Until the custom-fit dental bridge is ready, a temporary bridge is placed. The procedure should take an hour to file the two teeth down, and the bridge should take approximately two weeks to be made.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
There are three different types of bridges, with the traditional bridge being the most popular. This is a bridge made from a solid block of porcelain which has been carved into a synthetic bridge of three or more teeth. It uses the method of placing crowns over natural teeth to support the synthetic tooth in the middle. This is very popular because it looks and feels like a natural set of teeth, and there are no components that feel foreign in the mouth.
A Maryland bridge uses wires on the back of the teeth that are cemented in place to support a synthetic tooth between two natural teeth. In this way, no natural enamel needs to be lost to the adjacent teeth, but it does mean the patient will be able to feel the wire in their mouth, as it is an external component. Finally, the cantilever bridge also uses wires to attach a tooth, but is used when only one tooth is available to bind to. This is similar to a Maryland bridge, but it is not as strong, and therefore it is inadvisable for use in the back of the mouth.
Brush & Floss Dental Center can fit a dental bridge for your mouth, and our team has several different methods to accommodate your personal requirements. Call our office at (203) 683-5253 to book your appointment.