People with missing teeth are more susceptible to jawbone atrophy, gum disease, and tooth decay. To prevent these oral health problems, your dentist can replace up to three missing teeth with a dental bridge. In most cases, the bridge consists of a row of false teeth that are held in place through the use of dental crowns that are placed over neighboring teeth. This solution restores your ability to chew and speak.
Looking for an Auburn dentist to repair your smile? Dr. Luminita Markham provides gentle, personalized care to each of her patients. With over twenty years of experience and continued education, you can trust Dr. Markham to give you a natural-looking, beautiful smile.
Thanks to our in-office advanced dental technology, we can evaluate your mouth, prepare your teeth, take digital impressions, and craft and place your bridge in one just appointment. Contact us today at 530-507-8989 to get started.
The four types of dental bridges we offer include:
1. Traditional Dental Bridge
Our most popular dental bridge requires a supporting tooth on each side of the missing tooth. These teeth will become the pillars that support your new false tooth. The enamel on the adjacent teeth will need to be removed in order to fit your dental crowns. Impressions of these teeth will be made following this “prepping procedure” to ensure your bridge will fit perfectly with the rest of your smile.
2. Cantilever Dental Bridge
Cantilever bridges only require a person to have one tooth prepared for a dental crown, and the abutment is placed on the outside of that tooth. This type of bridge is necessary when:
- A tooth isn’t present on the other side your missing tooth
- It’s not aesthetically pleasing to have two crowns
- An adjacent tooth already supports another pontic.
3. Maryland Dental Bridge
Like a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge can only be used when there are two supporting teeth to secure the pontic. However, instead of a dental crown, the Maryland bridge bonds either metal or porcelain to the back of the abutments. This is not always the best option because of its lack of strength.
4. Implant-supported Dental Bridge
Instead of crowns or bonding, a dental implant can be surgically placed in the jawbone to hold the false tooth into position. For this option, you will need one surgery to insert the implant into the jawbone and a subsequent visit to our office to position the bridge. For this reason, implant-supported bridges are the strongest option, but the overall treatment timeline can take several months.
Types of Materials
After she evaluates your teeth and gums, Dr. Markham will discuss the different materials that are available to you. These include:
- Metal: This material is typically used for the back of the mouth and extremely worn teeth. Precious metals like gold are known to fit better and help you maintain better oral health. Although this material is extremely durable, it’s not as aesthetically pleasing.
- Porcelain: Because of its visual appeal, porcelain is extremely popular, especially for front teeth. However, it is more fragile than metal. Zirconia is a new type of porcelain that is durable and natural-looking.
- Metal-porcelain hybrid: This option is created with a metal framework and porcelain outer shell to give you the best of both worlds.
The fit of these materials is extremely important to block out bacteria that cause tooth decay and gums and bridge failure. Ask Dr. Markham which material will best suit your needs.
Contact Your Auburn Dentist Today
There are many decisions to be made when choosing the right dental bridge. A knowledgeable, experienced dentist will make the process much easier and less stressful. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Markham today to discuss your dental bridge options. Call 530-507-8989.