Dental bridges are designed to close the gap of missing teeth with replacement teeth. A fixed partial denture offers a permanent solution to restore your bite. At Howard H. Carrico III, D.D.S., we provide dental treatment to restore missing and damaged teeth for our patients in Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, and Haleiwa.
When one or more teeth are missing, the empty space allows the neighboring teeth to sift positions, which can create alignment problems for the surrounding teeth. Additionally, missing teeth cause people to feel self-conscious and avoid smiling or speaking in public. Dental bridges are an affordable tooth replacement option that will leave you smile and laughing with confidence.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable dentures are temporary while porcelain fixed bridges are permanently attached to the natural teeth or dental implants. The teeth that anchor the bridge are known as abutments and the replacement tooth is attached to a crown on the abutments. Materials used for replacement teeth may include porcelain, alloys, or gold.
- Traditional Bridge - This bridge is either porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.
- Cantilever Bridge - A bridge that supports the replacement teeth on one side. This type of bridge is generally used in areas of the mouth where the teeth do not experience a great deal of stress.
- Maryland Bonded Bridge - These bridges are placed at the front of the mouth and consist of a false tooth bonded with resin to the abutment teeth.
Most patients require only two visits to the dentist for a bridge. The dentist will file the abutment teeth and fit them with a crown. In addition, the dentist will take an impression that will be used to create a custom bridge. A temporary bridge may be worn, while you are waiting for the permanent bridge.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, you will visit the dentist again to have the permanent bridge set in place. The dentist will fit the permanent bridge and adjust it to ensure the right fit. With proper oral hygiene and care, your new bridge can last up to 10 years. In order to keep the adjacent teeth healthy, continue to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist for regular visits.
If you are wondering if a dental bridge is right for you, have questions about the procedure or cost, visit the dentist for an exam. Please browse our website to read more about our services in Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, and Haleiwa and contact our office at (808) 261-6581 to discover if this procedure is right for you.