Are you missing one or more adjacent teeth? Living with a missing tooth can cause the other teeth to crowd together, throwing off your bite, and leaving you vulnerable to other complications. The fact is, any restoration is better than none at all.
If replacing your missing teeth quickly and at a low cost is your top priority, then a dental bridge may be the ideal dental restoration for your smile. Learn more about dental bridges and discover whether they’re the best option for your dental needs.
Restore Your Smile in a Fraction of the Time
Dental bridges are great for people who want to replace their missing teeth quickly and get on with their lives. Rather than waiting for months for the dental implant process to complete, a dental bridge requires just a few short visits. This quick turn around time is the greatest advantage of a dental bridge when compared to dentures and dental implants.
What to Expect From the Process of Dental Bridges
When you come in to get dental bridges, we’ll begin by taking images and examining the site, then we’ll take a cast of your smile. The model for your bridge will be created in a lab based on this initial mold of your teeth. Before placing your new bridge, Dr. Kovacevic will remove a small amount of enamel from the surrounding teeth that hold the bridge up. Once all preparations are complete, the dental bridge will be secured into your smile and you’ll be good to go!
4 Types of Dental Bridges
Although the most common dental bridge is the traditional version, there are situations where another type may be optimal for our patients. Explore the four types of dental bridges and consider which of them is best for you.
1. Traditional Dental Bridge
The standard dental bridge is the one that uses one or more pontics to replace your teeth and shapes the surrounding teeth so they can provide support.
2. Cantilever Bridge
When a patient needs a dental bridge but only one tooth is available to support it, a cantilever bridge can be secured to one abutment.
3. Maryland Bridge
The main advantage of a Maryland Bridge is that the surrounding teeth don’t need to be altered in order to secure the bridge. Instead, the framework is attached to the back of the teeth.
4. Implant-Supported Bridge
Similar to how implants can be used to secure dentures more tightly to the teeth, an implant-supported bridge adds a lot of permanence and durability to the traditional version.
Find Out if a Dental Bridge is the Right Restoration for You
If you’re ready to restore your smile, it all begins with a consultation with Dr. Kovacevic. During your consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to ask the questions you’ve been pondering and to explore your options. Also, we’ll examine your dental condition, take x-rays, and devise a treatment plan that’s completely individualized to your needs. Why wait? Contact us and find out which restoration can give you the smile you deserve.