Simi Valley, CA
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that spans the gap created by one or more teeth in the mouth. Typically, it contains a false tooth/teeth held by a crown at both ends or at least on one end of the bridge. At Simi Hills Dental, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile.
Types Of Dental Bridges
Some of the most commonly used dental bridges are:
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most common types of dental bridges. These bridges are held up by crowns or abutment teeth on either side of the gap. They are usually lightweight and small and provide excellent chewing abilities to the wearer as they uniformly distribute the force of the bite.
With optimal oral hygiene, traditional bridges can last a long time.
The one major drawback of these bridges is that the teeth on either side will need to be filed down to accommodate the crowns that hold the bridge. Since enamel cannot regenerate, the process is irreversible, and the abutment teeth will always have to be protected by crowns, even if you decide to replace the bridge with dental implants afterward.
The cantilever bridge is held by a single adjacent abutment tooth instead of two teeth. This bridge is not normally recommended as it is not as stable as a traditional bridge and should not be used in places with high biting force, like the back of the mouth. Too much pressure on a cantilever bridge can crack your crown, damage the device, and even fracture your tooth. But it can be effective if it is placed to bridge a gap between the front teeth. A high-quality cantilever bridge is cost-effective and requires a lower number of healthy teeth to be scaled down.
This type of dental bridge is preferred because it is much better for your oral health. Unlike traditional and cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges do not require eroding the adjacent teeth. Instead, they consist of a metal framework which is anchored in placed by resin at the back of the adjacent teeth.
The best thing about this bridge is that it is conservative and cost-effective.
A Maryland bridge is usually used on the front teeth as it cannot withstand a large biting force that can crack the resinous substance. It is also not effective if you have a deep overbite or a crossbite. Over time, a Maryland bridge may also change in color, which can cause the abutment teeth to darken as well.
Maryland bridges are best used as temporary measures while you are waiting for your implant to heal or if your jaw has not stopped growing.
People who have just one or two teeth missing can try using the cost-effective composite bridge. This involves putting the composite material directly into the space created by the missing teeth.
However, patients need to be very careful to not exert too much pressure on these bridges since they tend to de-bond and chip off. To add stability, a reinforced wire called a Ribbond is used to connect the teeth.
Like Maryland bridges, composite bridges should only be used as temporary measures and can be used by people who have periodontal disease and need their teeth extracted.
The implant-supported bridges provide a large number of benefits to patients since they do not cause harm to the neighboring teeth and improve bone stability. Depending on the density of your bone, 4 to 6 implants in your upper or lower arch are enough to support a whole arch of artificial teeth.
With good oral health, your implanted dental ridge can last you a very long time.
If you have missing teeth and want to restore your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Stout by calling us at (805) 317-4999 today.