If you lose a permanent tooth to decay, an accident, or injury, your dentist might recommend closing the gap in your smile with a bridge. Dental bridges are oral prosthetics that rely on your surrounding teeth for support. At Dental Designs of Plantation in Plantation, Florida, John Sarris, DMD, Thomas Copulos, DDS, and the team regularly restore their patients’ smiles using bridges. To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, request a consultation by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Dental bridges are a type of oral prosthetic used to fill a space in your smile caused by a missing tooth. In addition to boosting your confidence and self-esteem, a dental bridge lowers your risk of more serious oral health problems like gum disease and bone loss.
The team at Dental Designs of Plantation offers four types of dental bridges:
A traditional dental bridge features two crowns and a false tooth, or pontic. Your dentist places the pontic in your missing tooth’s socket and bonds the crowns to your permanent teeth on either side of the gap using dental cement.
Cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges. The main difference is that a cantilever bridge only requires one permanent tooth for support. To hold your cantilever bridge in place, your dentist bonds a single crown to a healthy abutment tooth.
A Maryland dental bridge is another oral prosthetic that features a false tooth. However, instead of two crowns, it has a supportive framework of metal or porcelain. To hold a Maryland dental bridge in place, your dentist bonds the framework to the back of your permanent teeth.
Implant-supported dental bridges rely on dental implants for support. If you’re missing more than one permanent tooth and you want a durable, long-lasting solution, an implant-supported dental bridge is worth considering.
To determine the type of dental bridge you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with the team at Dental Designs of Plantation. Following an oral exam and a discussion of your goals for treatment, your dentist can make a recommendation that aligns with your budget and needs.
At Dental Designs of Plantation, receiving a dental bridge takes one appointment. First, your dentist performs an oral exam and administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums.
Next, your dentist prepares your teeth on either side of the space in your smile to receive a dental crown. This involves your dentist removing a thin layer of enamel from each tooth. After preparing your tooth, your dentist uses putty to take a series of impressions. Your dentist uses your impressions to manufacture your bridge in-house.
After milling your custom bridge, your dentist once again administers a local anesthetic. After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist lines up your bridge and bonds it in place with dental cement.
Don’t let a missing tooth prevent you from living your best life. Request a dental bridge consultation at Dental Designs of Plantation today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.