Having a beautiful and functional smile is the goal of all people who strive to live healthily. Cosmetic procedures have been created to help people achieve that goal. Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth, there are several options to replace them and recover the aesthetic and the purpose of a healthy mouth. Some of the options of tooth replacement are available in the form of dental bridges. Below are just three basic types of bridges that you might consider if this is an option for you.
Traditional (conventional) Bridge
Conventional bridge replaces missing tooth by cementing a fixed prosthesis to the adjacent teeth. This type of bridge is typically fabricated from precious metals fused to a layer of porcelain. The metal is used for sturdiness while the porcelain is applied for aesthetic reasons. The entire structure closely mimics the shape of the existing teeth often improving it. Prior the permanent placement, the proper occlusion is confirmed as well as the correct fit. The bridge is then cemented with an appropriate type of adhesive to ensure longevity of the appliance. Conventional bridge is expected to last approximately 15-20 years.
Also called resin-bonded bridge, this fixed type of dental appliance is typically used within the anterior region of the mouth missing one tooth only. The bridge is made of one porcelain unit with attached metal wings which are cemented to the lingual area of the adjacent teeth. The type of resin used has different properties and can be removed later should the patient decide to receive a conventional bridge instead. Minimal removal of the tooth structure is typically needed, and the procedure can often be performed without the use of anesthesia.
Another viable option is a cantilever bridge which is fabricated for patients where adjacent teeth are present only on one side of the missing tooth. It is an excellent solution when any other type of bridge cannot be placed. It prevents the surrounding tissue from receding and greatly adds to the appearance of the smile. It also preserves the proper balance of both arches while speaking and chewing (mastication) and prevents jaw problems.
Whatever treatment modality is selected, ensure that the procedure is skillfully planned and executed. During the initial consultation specialists, like those at Guerra Dental in Colorado Springs, Colorado, review the case individually and explain all the options available. They are able to offer predictable alternatives and closely monitor each procedure. Most bridges can be fabricated within 1-2 visits. In the interim patients are fitted with temporary restorations assuring their comfort until the permanent prosthesis is ready. Because of this you can rest assured that you are receiving the best service possible.
By Meghan Belnap
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