What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are just that, bridges that close up gaps. They are made of crowns that are fixed on both sides of the gap to anchor the false tooth. These false teeth or pontics are made of porcelain, gold, alloy, or a combination of materials.
Dental bridges not only close the spaces but can also:
- Maintain your dental function and shape of your face
- Restore your teeth function
- Maintain your dental structure by preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting
What Options Do I Have?
We offer three types of dental bridges in our Austin TX Clinic:
- Traditional bridges have two crowns cemented on either side to support the false teeth. These bridges are ideal if you have healthy teeth on both sides to support them.
- Unlike the traditional bridges, cantilever bridges only cover one side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland bridges also known as resin-bonded are made of plastic teeth and gums held in place by a metallic framework.
Is The Procedure Lengthy and Invasive?
No, it’s not lengthy, but can be minimally invasive. The specific procedure will depend on the type of bridge you choose. Traditional and cantilever bridges will need the enamel trimmed off, but Maryland bridges don’t. But, regardless of the type, you will need at least two dental visits.
1. First appointment
Your first dental consultation is for assessment and evaluation. Using modern technology, our dentist in Austin, TX will assess your dental structure to determine if bridges are an ideal option.
Next, the teeth will be trimmed to make room for the crowns. Local anesthesia will be used to reduce pain and discomfort. Afterward, your dental impression will be taken to the lab for modeling. The process can take up to three weeks to be complete. In the meantime, the dentist will give you temporary crowns to protect your teeth.
2. Second dental appointment
The dentist will schedule the second appointment after three weeks to remove the temporary crowns and replace them with the permanent ones. With special cement and laser light, the bridge will be fixed in place.
A follow-up appointment may be made to check the progress and how your gums are tolerating the bridges.
Why Not Choose Implants Instead?
Well, both the implants and dental bridges solve the same problems, but they are different. Dental implants offer better support, but on the downside, you need to have enough bone density. Plus, the surgery is invasive.
Dental bridges are ideal if you don’t want a non-surgical procedure and have healthy surrounding teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges don’t last forever and will need to be replaced after some time.
What Can I Expect After the Procedure?
The bridges will feel odd in the first few days as your gums and tongue get accustomed to them. Eating may be a challenge and it’s recommended you eat a soft diet until you get used to the bridges. Also, expect your speech to be impaired.
Can Bridges Fail?
Yes, a few complications can arise that will impact the bridges such as:
- Tooth decay. The bridges are designed to lie on the gums. However, poor fitting of the devices can create spaces that will lead to the accumulation of the food particles.
- Bridge failure. Chewing and biting hard objects can cause your bridges to loosen and you will need a replacement.
Dental bridges don’t require any special care, but you need to maintain proper dental hygiene to keep plaques from accumulating. Plus, visit a dentist near you for your bi-annual checkups.
Get a Smile Makeover
Dental bridges close the gaps and restore the integrity of your teeth. If you are ready for a transformation, come to our clinic for your dental bridges in Austin, TX.