Do you have missing teeth? Are you looking for a restoration to replace missing teeth and stabilize your bite? Try our dental bridge treatment in Baltimore, MD. Dental bridges are tooth prosthetics that replace multiple consecutive missing teeth. Bridges are a dental restoration that makes it easier for patients to eat, speak, and chew comfortably. Traditional dental bridges are secured to the mouth using adjacent natural teeth that are capped off with dental crowns. However, modern dental bridges are typically fixed in place by dental implants.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge
A removable bridge is for short term uses. We usually recommend them as a temporary bridge if you are getting a permanent bridge. Basically, it is so you will not have to go without teeth while waiting on your permanent bridge.
Fixed Dental Bridge
Dental bridges work better when they are stable. Compared to removable bridges, fixed dental bridges are better able to retain the function of the bite. The bridge is made up of row of false teeth with a dental crown on each end. Your dentist will secure the crowns to teeth on either side of the gap called abutment teeth.
Your dentist may use a cantilever bridge if only one tooth is available to secure the fixture. It is essentially the same as a fixed, traditional bridge but it will only have one crown and it will only be secured to one adjacent tooth.
A Maryland bridge is fake tooth with a metal framework that resembles wings. The dentist will bond the ‘wings’ to the back of the two adjacent teeth to secure the tooth. To qualify for this type of tooth replacement, you must be in good oral health and the adjacent teeth must be strong and intact.
Implant Supported Bridge
Dental implants can secure fixed dental bridges to make them last longer. Implants make a foundation for our team to attach a bridge prosthetic and crowns. Your dentist will insert at least two implant fixtures into the jaw bone. Instead of fixing the bridge to your remaining teeth, they will secure it to the implants. This is the only dental bridge type that will prevent jawbone loss.
Dental Bridge Treatment
Before treatment, we ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. We can provide bone grafting treatment to ensure that there is enough supporting bone in the jaw if you are receiving an implant-supported bridge. Once the teeth and gums are clean and healthy, we take impressions of the mouth. Using these impressions, we create the parts of the bridge, including the dental implants, crowns, or metal attachments.
Although treatment with dental implants takes longer, it creates a permanent restoration. This process will involve multiple visits to our dental office. Patients who receive implants may wait 3 to 6 months for the implants to heal. After this time, we will provide them with the permanent bridge restoration. For patients who want a traditional bridge, we can use crowns on adjacent teeth to secure their restoration.
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Restore the look and feel of a natural smile with a dental bridge. Feel free to request a dental consultation with our team online. Let our professional dentists know if you have any questions about dental bridges or current concerns about missing teeth.