In an age when dental implants are increasing in popularity, there are still times when dental bridges may be the best option. Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, due to certain health conditions or because of extensive bone loss. Dental implants can also be more expensive than dental bridges depending on the work needing to be done, and not all insurances cover implants yet. Finally, dental bridges are often used in conjunction with dental implants to replace several missing teeth. Dr. Micheal Alsouss can help you decide what is the best procedure based on the work needed to restore your teeth, your health, and your budget.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional Bridge – The most common type of dental bridge used is the traditional bridge which involves placing a crown or implant on either side of the missing tooth and putting a pontic (false tooth) in the space in between. This type of bridge is the best option if you have two healthy teeth or implants on each side of the missing tooth.
Cantilever Bridges – This type of bridge is used when there are only healthy teeth on one side of the missing tooth. In this case the doctor will secure the bridge over one or more of the teeth closest to the missing tooth. The Cantilever Bridges are not common, as the most practical use of them would be in the back of the mouth, where the increased pressure from chewing is too much for a bridge only secured on one side.
Maryland Bonded Bridges – When you need to replace teeth in the front of your mouth where they can be seen the best option is Maryland bonded bridges. This type of dental bridge consists of porcelain, metal, or plastic supported on a metal frame work. The bridge has wings that are bonded to existing teeth only on one side.
Dental Bridge Procedures
Procedures will vary depending on the type of dental bridge, how many teeth need to be replaced, and the materials used. In most cases, the first step is to prepare the teeth to either side of the missing teeth, which may include crowns or implants. Once the abutments are complete, your bridge must be crafted by a dental lab, during which time you will receive a temporary bridge. Once your bridge is complete, it can be put in place by Dr. Alsouss.
Ready to Have Those Missing Teeth Replaced?
If you are ready to have the gaps in your teeth filled, it is time to contact Dr. Micheal Alsouss and his team for an assessment. Dr. Alsouss can help you decide the best way to restore your teeth and get you started on the road to a beautiful smile. Call AMA Dental today to schedule your appointment at (216) 351-5500.