A dental bridge is a dental restoration that bridges the empty spaces in your oral cavity. That is, a dental prosthetic that fills an empty space with an artificial tooth, and is supported by natural teeth adjacent to the empty space.

When would you need a dental bridge? What are some of its advantages and principal uses? Plus, where can you find a dentist that specializes in dental restorations? We’ll go over the first two questions down below, but as far as the third one goes, Pearl Dental Studio, NY is home to some of the country’s leading dentists – book an appointment today!

What’s a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental restoration, but so is a crown, a denture, and an implant – what separates a bridge from other restorations? First of all, a dental bridge has an empty space, and adjacent natural teeth.
Plus, a dental bridge further has three parts:

  • Pontic
  • Retainer
  • Connector

The pontic is the artificial substitute for a natural tooth and lies on the empty space in the dental bridge. The retainer, on the other hand, lies on the shaved down natural teeth. Unlike the pontic, retainers are hollow, which allows them to fit onto the natural teeth. The connector is what combines the pontic with the retainers.

The Advantages Of A Dental Bridge

If you have missing teeth, we can bridge the gaps in your smile with dental bridges. Similar to a dental crown, dental bridges are also bonded by dental cement, and require natural teeth to serve as foundations.

The teeth that serve as foundations are immediately adjacent to the missing tooth. All together, a dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by forming a unit for better support. Minimally they consist of two units (the missing tooth and the adjacent natural tooth), but can be multiple units depending on your condition.

A dental bridge has several advantages. Some of which include:

  • Restoring form and function
  • Improving mastication
  • Effectively distributing masticatory stresses
  • Improving speech
  • Improving appearance
  • Preventing supra-eruption of the opposing teeth

Types Of Dental Bridges

Once our dentists have established the need for a dental bridge, we will go over a number of different types of bridges. 

Because decision-making is a two-way process; you need to relay your needs, wants, and concerns to the dentist and we will correlate the best treatment options based on your opinions. 

Don’t worry – at Pearl Dental Studio, we’re committed to giving you the best dental restoration you could hope for. It’s all about making our patients smile bigger and better than ever before!

We’ll go over a few common types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional Bridge
  • Cantilever Bridge
  • Maryland Bridge
  • Implant-Supported Bridge

Traditional Bridge

A traditional dental bridge has at least a pontic, two retainers, and two connectors. Traditional bridges fill at least one empty space in the oral cavity and require at least two prepared natural teeth for support.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge has at least a pontic, one retainer and one connector. The bridge fills at least one empty space by using one prepared natural tooth for support.

Maryland Bridge

A Maryland bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge, but makes use of a metallic meshwork in the form of “wings” to draw support for the pontic.

Implant Supported Bridge

An implant-supported bridge draws support from at least two implants that have been osseointegrated into the bone. For this type of dental restoration, the dentist starts off with inserting dental implants, allowing them to heal, and then fabricating the dental bridge which connects to the implants.

This process takes from between a few months to up to a year in most cases, however, implant-supported bridges are excellent solutions for replacing missing teeth in a long-lasting fashion.

Can’t figure out the next step? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Book an appointment with Pearl Dental Studio today and we’ll tell you all about dental bridges!

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