How a Dental Bridge is Made

Dental bridges have become a popular method of treatment for both cosmetic and restorative purposes. They are allowing people to begin chewing naturally again while also producing a smile that looks normal.

While dental bridges are a rather simple procedure, some people may not understand how exactly how they work or how they’re made. And, being aware of both of these things can significantly help a person who is considering having them placed.

In this article, we will discuss everything that a person should know about dental bridges, including how they are made and what they do.

Dental bridges

Dental bridges are a dental appliance that essentially bridges an empty space or gap in a person’s mouth. When a person has a missing tooth, they typically seek out options for replacing the tooth and with the help of a dental bridge, that is possible. This dental restoration will be joined to adjacent teeth that are either natural or artificial - depending on the person’s mouth.

There are three different types of dental bridges that a person can have placed, depending on the status of their teeth. A dentist will be able to determine which bridge is best based on where the missing gap is or how many teeth are missing. Below, we have outlined the three types of bridges.

- Traditional bridges: Dental crowns are placed on either side of the gap and a pontic is attached in between to cover the gap. Porcelain fused to metal materials are typically used but ceramic is an option as well.

- Cantilever bridges: These bridges work best for areas of the mouth that don’t involve much stress, such as the front. They are commonly used when a person only has one adjacent tooth next to the empty space.

- Bonded bridges: Metal or porcelain wings are used to bridge the empty space on one side of it, it is then attached to one natural or artificial tooth.

How are dental bridges made?

Dental bridges are made with a variety of different dental appliances - sometimes dental crowns are used or other dental appliances. The materials for dental bridges vary depending on the desire of the patient as well as the recommendation of the dentist.

The dentist will numb a person’s mouth and place a bridge over the empty space where the natural tooth once sat. A dental crown is likely to be used in order to attach the bridge but a person with natural teeth remaining on either side of the empty space is likely to have a better chance of a successful bridge as this allows for the bridge to be secured naturally in place.

The bottom line

Dental bridges offer a person with restoration after they have lost a tooth. Missing teeth can provide unappealing empty spaces that a person will likely want to cover so that their smile looks natural. Talking with a dentist about dental bridge options will allow for a better understanding, as they can specifically look at each person’s mouth and determine what’s best for them.

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