Got a missing tooth? Oh no! At Boger Dental in Plymouth, our team, led by Dr. Boger, Dr. Madden, Dr. Scherweit, Dr. Betterman, Dr. Trapp, and Dr. Zaragoza, offers a variety of solutions to address this problem. One of the most effective options is a dental bridge. In this blog, we’ll explore what dental bridges are and how they can benefit you.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges serve as a reliable solution for replacing missing or lost teeth. What comprises a dental bridge? It’s two or more crowns placed on the anchoring teeth, known as abutment teeth, and a false tooth or teeth in between. We refer to the false teeth as “pontics.” Depending on the patient’s needs and preferences, pontics can be made from porcelain, gold, or alloys.
A dental bridge’s primary function is to restore your smile’s functionality and aesthetics. Missing teeth can lead to many issues beyond appearance. You might have difficulty chewing, speech problems, and even a change in facial structure over time. Dental bridges help “bridge” (hence the name) the gap left by missing or lost teeth. Therefore, they correct your bite and distribute the forces in your mouth more evenly. This not only improves your ability to chew and speak but also maintains the shape of your face, preventing premature wrinkles and age lines.
At Boger Dental, our team is skilled in recommending and fitting the correct dental bridge for you. We consider the missing tooth’s location, the adjacent teeth’ condition, and overall oral health to ensure that the dental bridge serves you well for years.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Bridges?
Determining the right candidate for a dental bridge involves comprehensively evaluating several variables. The first and foremost consideration is the presence of one or more missing teeth. However, the condition of the teeth next to the gap, known as the “abutment teeth,” is equally important. Why are abutment teeth important? They serve as the foundation for the bridge and must be strong and healthy to support the prosthetic effectively.
Another crucial factor is your commitment to maintaining good oral hygiene. Dental bridges require regular cleaning. Like your natural teeth, cleaning prevents dental woes like gum disease and tooth decay in the abutment teeth. OurBoger Dental team emphasizes the importance of oral hygiene and provides personalized advice on caring for your dental bridge.
Do you have a medical condition? Or maybe you’re undergoing specific medical treatments. You may need to consult your healthcare providers before opting for a dental bridge. For example, individuals with diabetes or those receiving radiation therapy around the head or neck may require special considerations.
Lastly, the patient’s aesthetic goals and lifestyle choices also play a role. Some may prefer the natural look of porcelain bridges. In contrast, others might opt for more durable materials like metal alloys, especially molars that are not visible but require strength for chewing.
3 Ways Dentists Use Dental Bridges
Dental bridges come in various types, each designed to address specific needs and dental conditions. Our doctors recommend one of the following three types of dental bridges based on your unique situation:
The most commonly used type, conventional bridges, consists of one or more pontics (false teeth). The doctors help hold them in place with dental crowns cemented onto the abutment teeth on each side of the gap. These bridges are highly effective. When can you use them? When you have natural teeth on both sides of your missing tooth or teeth. They offer both functional and aesthetic benefits, restoring your ability to chew while enhancing the appearance of your smile.
This type is similar to traditional bridges. Our team uses these when adjacent teeth are on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. While not as strong as conventional bridges, cantilever bridges are typically used for teeth that don’t bear much pressure. They are not recommended for molars due to the increased force exerted during chewing.
You may also hear these as resin-bonded bridges; Maryland bridges are less invasive than the other types. They consist of a pontic attached to one or two metal or porcelain wings. These wings are then bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges are often used for front teeth where the forces of biting are not as strong, and the bridge can be securely attached without affecting the adjacent teeth.
Each type of dental bridge has its advantages and limitations. The choice often depends on the missing tooth’s location, the health of the adjacent teeth, and your particular oral health needs. Our team at Boger Dental will conduct a thorough examination and discuss your options to determine the most appropriate type of dental bridge for you.
Advantages of Choosing Boger Dental for Your Dental Bridges
At Boger Dental, we pride ourselves on offering patient-centered care customized to your unique dental needs. Our team has over two decades of experience recommending, designing, and fitting dental bridges.
One of the standout features of our practice is the use of advanced dental technology. From digital X-rays to precision milling machines, we employ the latest tools to ensure that your dental bridge fits perfectly and lasts for years. This commitment to technology also means shorter appointment times and less discomfort during the procedure.
Moreover, we understand that financial considerations are important. Our patient care coordinators can always assist you with insurance claims and payment plans, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.
Dental Bridges For You At Boger Dental
Dental bridges are a versatile and effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Whether you opt for a traditional, cantilever, or Maryland bridge, the team at Boger Dental in Plymouth is here to guide you through the process. Dr. Boger, Dr. Madden, Dr. Scherweit, Dr. Betterman, Dr. Trapp, and Dr. Zaragoza can provide a dental solution that meets your unique needs. Ready to take the next step? Schedule a free consultation with us today.