Dental Bridges: Types, Procedure, and Risks

Dec 01, 2019

Missing teeth do more than just affect your smile, they can also wear down your teeth. When you have spaces, the surrounding teeth could shift causing your dental structure to weaken. Having a dental bridge can help restore the integrity of your bite.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges or pontics are cosmetic treatments made of two or more crowns and are designed to replace one or multiple missing teeth. Pontics are available in porcelain, alloy, gold, or a combination of these materials. Although pontics can be fixed on any tooth, dental bridges on your front teeth are the most common.

Our dentist will choose any of the three dental bridge types;

  • Traditional bridges include a fake tooth supported by crowns which are cemented to the surrounding teeth
  • A cantilever bridge is similar to traditional pontics only that they only use one crown instead of two
  • A resin-bonded bridge is supported by a metal framework, not a crown. However, these bridges are not strong compared to the other types
  • Implant-supported that use dental implants as support and they are more secure and durable. These bridges are ideal if you have enough jawbone and healthy gums.

Dental bridges are semi-permanent and could last from five to 15 years with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.

Why Not Choose an Implant Instead?

Dental implants and bridges are two different treatments addressing the same problem. However, dental bridges are ideal if you have more than one missing tooth. Plus, they don’t require surgery, it’s faster and affordable.
Dental implants are surgically fixed on your jawbone, but you need to have a strong bone to support the implant.

Depending on your dental condition, the dentist can give you both the implants and bridges.

Dental bridges offer great benefits;

  • They restore your smile and ability to chew properly
  • They maintain the shape of your face
  • The bridges will distribute the forces of your teeth
  • Prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting

What’s The Procedure?

On your first visit, the dentist will examine and assess your dental health. Next, they will prepare the crown and contour your teeth by removing a portion of enamel to create room for the supporting crowns. A dental impression will be taken to serve as a model and they will give you a temporary bridge to protect your teeth from sensitivity.

During your second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new one will be fitted. You may need multiple dental visits to check if the bridges fit properly.

The dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and make the procedure painless. However, as the anesthesia wears off, you will feel discomfort for several hours. You can use over-the-counter medications and ice to relieve pain and swelling.

Dental bridge recovery is fast and you will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, if you have severe pain, you need to visit the dentist. It could be an indication that the bridge needs adjustment.

How Much Do the Bridges Cost?

The cost of dental bridges will depend on the type used. The good news is we accept major insurance policies that can cater for a percentage of the cost. Come and let’s discuss the different financial options available to you and what insurance plans we accept.

What to Expect

It will take time to get used to the dental bridges, but as the teeth and tongue get accustomed, you will be able to speak and eat properly.
Immediately after the procedure, you need a soft diet and spice-free foods. Maintain proper nutrition to ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy.

Plus, make a point of visiting Dr. Eric Swensen and our dental team bi-annually for your dental checkup. This is the only way to enhance the durability of your dental bridges and prevent tooth decay.

Get Your Smile Back!

Are you ready for a dental restoration? Contact our dental clinic for a dental consultation. We will be happy to guide you in choosing the best dental treatment.

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