There is no better thing than your natural teeth- because of that, in our clinic, we do everything possible to treat even the impossible cases without extraction. But sometimes a tooth can’t be saved. With age and different dental complications, some people may lose a tooth or even teeth. This is neither comfortable, nor aesthetic. The chewing function is compromised, even the function of the TMJ is affected. After an extraction, an important thing is for a patient to seek dental help as soon as possible. It is a fact that teeth do move- for example, when a tooth is extracted, the adjacent teeth and the opposite jaw teeth start moving in its direction.
A missing tooth can be replaced in several ways- one of them is with a dental bridge. There are several types of bridges- conventional bridge, Maryland bridge, cantilever bridge and bridges on dental implants. They can also be made of different materials- zirconium, metal- ceramics, metal, gold, etc.
A conventional bridge is composed of crowns which are cemented on the adjacent to the gap teeth and a Pontic- a crown which replaces the missing tooth/teeth. It is important that the adjacent teeth, which will “carry” the Pontic to be stable and in good health. In our clinic, we use highly esthetic materials. They make the bridge look indistinguishable from the natural teeth. Both the aesthetics and the function are returned.
The Maryland bridges and the cantilever bridges can be used just in some cases. The Maryland bridge is made of a Pontic and partial crowns, glued to the adjacent teeth. The cantilever bridge has only a crown, cemented on one of the adjacent teeth, which carries the Pontic. Our restorative specialist, after careful examination, will recommend what is the best treatment option for you.
What to expect during the procedure- usually it takes a couple of visits for a dental bridge to be perfect. On the first visit, the adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns. An impression can be taken on the same day. It can be a conventional with trays or via digital scanning. Following that, temporary crowns or a temporary bridge is fabricated. Then one or more try-ins may be needed before the bridge is ready to become a part of your mouth.