If you lose a permanent tooth, dental bridges can restore your smile while preventing gum recession and bone decay. At VidaDental in Doral, Florida, experienced dentist Kenia Cuevas, DDS, regularly uses dental bridges to restore her patients’ smiles safely and effectively. To see if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment. Book online, or call the office today.
Dental bridges are a type of oral prosthetic used to fill a space in your smile caused by missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges, but all contain a false tooth and a supportive structure, like a wireframe or crowns. Dr. Cuevas bonds the supportive framework to your existing healthy teeth, restoring your smile to its near-original condition.
At VidaDental, Dr. Cuevas offers various dental bridges, including:
If you have healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, you’ll likely receive a traditional bridge. A traditional dental bridge has a single false tooth (pontic) and two porcelain crowns. Dr. Cuevas bonds the crowns to your healthy teeth on either side of the gap, holding the bridge firmly in place.
If you only have one tooth near the gap in your smile, Dr. Cuevas might recommend a cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge can stay in place with only one crown. Dr. Cuevas carefully cements the crown to your single tooth, restoring your smile, as well as your chewing and biting abilities.
A Maryland bridge is a lot like a traditional bridge. The only difference is that it's held in place with a metal framework instead of porcelain crowns. Dr. Cuevas bonds the metal framework to the back of your healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
An implant-supported bridge connects to a dental implant. A dental implant is a metal post that serves as a tooth root. Dr. Cuevas surgically places the implant into a small incision in your gum line. Following this procedure, your bone grows around the implant, fusing it to your jaw.
Implant-supported bridges are the sturdiest and longest-lasting, but they’re also the most time-consuming to receive.
Getting dental bridges typically takes two separate appointments.
At your initial consultation, Dr. Cuevas conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays. She then administers a local anesthetic to numb your tooth roots and gums, and carefully prepares the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to receive the bridge. To do this, she carefully removes a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides of each abutment tooth.
Dr. Cuevas then takes impressions of your teeth. She sends your impressions to a laboratory that manufactures your dental bridge.
A week or two later you return to VidaDental. At your second appointment, Dr. Cuevas lines up your bridge with your abutment teeth and bonds it in place. You leave the office with a fully restored smile and can bite and chew right away.
To see if dental bridges are right for you, schedule an appointment at VidaDental. Book online, or call the office today.