Having a number of missing teeth can negatively impact both the functionality and appearance of your smile. If you have missing teeth, it can lead to a shifting of teeth, a change in bite, temporomandibular joint disorder, difficulty speaking correctly, an increased risk of tooth decay, and a greater chance of developing gum disease. Similar to partial dentures and implants, dental bridges are a type of tool that we use to replace your missing teeth. A number of types of dental bridges are available in Virginia Beach, including cantilever, resin-bonded, and conventional.
The conventional dental bridge is the most commonly used form and involves the placement of a crown on a tooth or an implant to the side of a missing tooth. Conventional dental bridges normally comprise ceramic materials or porcelain fused to metal.
The cantilever form of bridge is not in common use today. It is placed at the back of the mouth, where there is only adjacent teeth on one side of the teeth that are missing. Cantilever bridges are rarely used today because they can place an excessive amount of force on supporting teeth, damaging them.
The resin-bonded dental bridge, sometimes called the Maryland bridge, is formed from porcelain fused to metal or a metal framework. A resin-bonded bridge has wings on each side of the bridge that are bonded to your natural teeth.
Consultation and Procedure
After it has been determined that a dental bridge is the best option for replacing your missing tooth or teeth, we will advise you on the different kinds of materials that the lab can use to form your restoration. The availability of materials depends upon the location of the bridge in your mouth, whether you grind your teeth, and other factors. Today’s dental bridges can be constructed using a combination of metal and porcelain, porcelain and gold, or other materials.
At your first visit in Virginia Beach, we will examine your gum health to determine if you would make a good candidate for a bridge procedure. From there, we can create a customized treatment for you.