Dental bridges Greensborough
If you have lost multiple missing teeth over the years do not despair, G Dental can help you re-establish a natural looking smile and reap the benefits.
Until recently, the most common method of replacing multiple missing teeth has been by placing a three-unit fixed partial denture. In a fixed partial denture, the two teeth either side of the gap are prepared to host the bridge; these teeth are known as “abutment teeth”. With the use of dental implants we are now able to replace single lost teeth without relying on support from bordering teeth.
In the case of multiple missing teeth, we are able to plant implants at either end of the gap, and create pontics (“dummy teeth”) to “bridge” the gap between these teeth. For the dentist, this makes for a less time-consuming process compared to placing multiple dental implants. For the patient, this results in less discomfort (particularly if there are four or more teeth missing). Alternatively, dental implants can also benefit patients who have lost all of their teeth. There is no age limit when it comes to re-establishing a full set of teeth.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges: These involve the creation of a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic placed between them. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used, and are generally made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges: Used in cases where there is only one tooth on the side of the missing tooth, these are not very common anymore. Cantilever bridges are not recommended as a replacement for missing back teeth as they can put too much pressure on the support tooth and may damage it.
- Maryland bridges: Also known as a resin-bonded bridge. These are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
How are bridges placed?
This process, as well as any alternatives, will be discussed in more depth when you come in for a consultation, but here’s a brief outline of what to expect. In order to place a dental bridge, we will first place a dental implant, which is a metal (generally titanium) fixture into your jaw. The implant will sit flush with the bone under your gum line. There is a healing process involved in receiving a dental implant, during this process we will have your bridge created. We may request to see you at stages throughout the healing process to assess how you are healing and when we can move on to placing the abutment, and eventually the crown on top of these. While this process sounds drastic, it is commonly performed in a dental clinic and provides a large number of benefits. For example it can prevent bone degeneration, restore aesthetics and, if speech impediments or difficulties chewing food have been discovered post tooth loss, they may help correct or improve these difficulties.