If you have missing teeth or damaged teeth that need replaced, Kanning Dental in Richmond, MO offers several solutions. A dental bridge is a sophisticated dental restoration that can successfully replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are one of the dental services that Kanning Dental provides to the public. We offer several kinds to accommodate the different needs of our patients.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace teeth that are missing. They are custom-made to blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth. There are many types of bridges, but essentially they are made up of a row of fake teeth that are fused together to make one prosthesis. Located on each end are the dental crowns with the replacement teeth in the middle (called the pontics). The crowns will attach to anchor teeth, also called abutment teeth. Bridges can also be secured by dental implants.
Dental Bridge Options
There are many types of dental bridges that can accommodate various cases. At your consultation, you will be able to discuss these options with your Richmond, MO dentist to decide which one is right for you.
Removable Dental Bridge
This type of dental bridge is not recommended for long-term use. Dentists essentially use them as a temporary solution until a more permanent solution can be used. It is made up of pontics that are secured to a framework with metal clasps. The clasps rest on your remaining teeth to hold the prosthesis in place.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge is a popular method used in dentistry to replace one tooth. It is made up of two dental crowns located on each end with the pontic(s) located in the middle. The two teeth adjacent to the gap will need to be prepared to accommodate the dental crowns. This is considered a fixed bridge since the crowns will be fused to the abutment teeth.
This is the same as a traditional bridge however only one abutment tooth is used. This will make the bridge not as stable since it is only secured to one tooth. It is necessary to use this type of fixed bridge when two teeth are not available to secure it.
A Maryland dental bridge is unique because it is held in place with a metal framework that the pontic is fused to. The pontic will have metal “wings” on each side and these “wings” are bonded to the back of the two abutment teeth. It will be bonded in place therefore this is considered a fixed dental bridge.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
This is the most sophisticated restoration available that can replace several consecutive missing teeth. At least two dental implants will be surgically placed in the jaw on both sides of the gap. A fixed dental bridge will be attached to the implants holding is securely in place.
The Benefits of a Dental Implant-Supported Bridge
The dental implants will not only secure the bridge, but they will also act as teeth roots. This will promote continues bone growth in the jaw preventing bone loss in the jaw, something other types of bridges cannot do. The bridge is also more durable allowing you to eat a normal diet with few restrictions. Additionally, no healthy, remaining teeth will need to be damaged in order to place with a bridge. Kanning Dental in Richmond, MO offers full services for dental implants.
To learn more about the various types of dental bridges we offer, schedule a consultation today with one of our Richmond, MO dentists. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with all your dental health needs.