Dental bridges are a treatment option in restorative dentistry. They are used to bridge a gap in your smile if you have multiple consecutive teeth that are damaged or missing. Our team at Cascade Dental Care uses bridges and other restorative options to restore your smile.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a replacement tooth or teeth. It can be made of many different materials, including gold. Most patients opt for a bridge made of porcelain so that it can be color-matched with existing teeth, blending seamlessly.
While bridges are custom made to fit your needs, there are four general types. The first type is called a traditional bridge. It is usually the most popular with patients. A traditional bridge involves holding the replacement tooth in place by cementing a crown to the adjacent teeth on both sides of the gap.
A cantilever bridge is another type of bridge. It is much like the traditional bridge in that it involves cementing a crown to hold the bridge in place. However, in a cantilever bridge, a crown is cemented to only one adjacent tooth.
The next type of bridge that may be available to you is called a Maryland bridge. A Maryland bridge requires a healthy tooth to be present on each side of the bridge. Instead of attaching it with crowns, our professionals will bond metal or ceramic supports to the adjacent healthy teeth.
The last type of bridge is called an implant-supported bridge. This type of bridge is the most invasive, but also the sturdiest. It requires two separate surgical procedures. The first surgery involves placing implants into your jawbone and the second surgery involves installing the bridge.
When Are Dental Bridges Used?
A dental bridge may be recommended when you are missing a single tooth, but it is generally reserved for patients who are missing multiple consecutive teeth. During your visit, our team will discuss your case with you and present various solutions to meet your needs. They will discuss the number of visits needed, as well as the recovery process for each procedure.
How Is a Dental Bridge Installed?
The installation process of a dental bridge varies depending on the type of bridge that you select. Regardless of which bridge you choose; your first visit will involve taking measurements and inspecting the adjacent teeth. Our professionals will then review which bridge options are available to you.
Your bridge will be ready in several weeks and you will return for a follow-up visit. During this visit, our team will apply a local anesthetic to the procedure area. After ensuring that you are properly numbed, they will begin the procedure. The procedure time will vary based on the type of bridge that is being installed.
At the conclusion of your procedure, our team will review aftercare and recovery time with you. Your bridge will last approximately five to 15 years with proper care. Come see us at Cascade Dental Care today and let us restore your smile. You can reach us at 360-916-4200 or come by our office and meet our team.