Since the beginning of time, humans have been finding ways to cross the barriers of nature and we dentists are part of the same journey. Where man found a way to cross valleys and rivers with the greatest bridges of the world, we brought the same concept into dentistry and created the dental bridge.
Sometimes, despite your desire to save your natural tooth from unwanted removal or its own decay, it ends up getting extracted. Other times you could find a tooth missing by birth, leaving an empty space or multiple empty spaces in your jaws. This can pose major problems with your chewing, speech and even aesthetics, but we can always overcome any dental challenge brought to us at Wyndham Dental Solutions.
A dental bridge is the type of dental prosthesis which takes support from the adjacent natural teeth at two ends, or through dental implants, to fill the empty space of a missing tooth or even multiple teeth. It serves the purpose of the natural tooth by:
A dental bridge takes support of the teeth present adjacent to the empty space of the missing tooth or dental implants on two ends. When taking support of the natural teeth, the latter are required to be prepared by drilling them circumferentially and from the top, to create space for a crown to be placed over them. This crown-tooth union acts as the pole of the bridge and in most cases we need support of two such poles for a fully functional bridge able to withstand the loads of chewing. Such a conventional bridge is referred to as a 3-unit bridge with two teeth as the ‘abutments’ and the artificial replacement tooth as the ‘pontic’.
Although both treatment options are available at Wyndham Dental Solutions, there are pros and cons of all types of procedures over another. We are here to help you understand the benefits of having a dental bridge placed if you wish to replace a single or multiple teeth without having to undergo implant surgery.
Here are a few clinical situations in which we would advise a dental bridge for you, over an implant:
Patients with specific systemic diseases or health limitations where an implant would otherwise fail or the prognosis would not be very desirable. These include patients with uncontrolled diabetes, debilitating arthritis, patients on certain medications that hinder bone formation or tumor of the jaw. This is why at Wyndham Dental Solutions, we conduct thorough assessments of each of our valuable patients, devising a treatment plan that would have a good prognosis for you and would be more suitable to your individual needs.
Poor Periodontal Tissue Quality
Cases where the periodontium, such as the gums and jaw bones, are in a questionable state. Poor bone quality and/or quantity, and insufficient space for a dental implant is where a dental bridge is a great option.
Carious but treatable abutment teeth
Where teeth adjacent to the missing space are already compromised and would require a crown for protection and function after root canal treatments, a dental bridge is a definitive choice as it would cater to several problems altogether. The space would be closed, missing tooth replaced and the abutment teeth treated to last many more years!
Young children who have yet to reach their full growth potential are not advised to get implants or even a conventional 3-unit bridge for their missing teeth. We can provide you with another bridge design known as the Maryland Bridge. It doesn’t require reduction of the entire supporting structure of the abutment teeth and takes support only from the backs of these teeth, through ‘wings’. This is advised for teeth missing in the front and can be replaced with a dental implant-supported crown when the child reaches full growth potential at around 17-18 years of age.
Fewer visits, shorter treatment time
When you are looking for affordable and faster results, a dental bridge placement is a two or three visit procedure and the lab fabrication time of the bridge is about a week. The cost is lower as well and a bridge, if kept well by maintaining good oral hygiene and regular follow-up visits with us, can last as long as 10-15 years – or even more!
If you have any missing teeth that you wish to replace and want to be able to chew and speak freely, drop by at Wyndham Dental Solutions, where we would be happy to provide you with the best team of dentists and partner lab technicians, all waiting to help bring your smile back!
Oral hygiene– Not enough emphasis can be put on this as this is the ultimate savior of not only your teeth but the artificial replacements as well! Brush twice a day along with flossing in between your teeth and mouthwash rinses.
Follow-ups– Visit your dentist time to time for an evaluation of your bridge so that it can be evaluated for any minute problems which would otherwise progress and become more complex.