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Bridges



Prosthodontic Dental Group offers several forms of replacement treatment for patients who have a missing or problematic tooth. Many of our patients have found dental bridges to be an excellent option. A bridge literally "bridges" the gap caused by a missing tooth. A bridge will help you avoid the potential problems of leaving an open space between your teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges


In general, there are four types of dental bridges:
•  Traditional dental bridge. Traditional bridges are the most popular kind of bridge. The prosthetic tooth, or pontic, is suspended by two dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth. These teeth are known as abutment teeth because they serve as the support structures for the pontic.
•  Implant-supported bridge. Implant-supported bridges are similar to traditional bridges, however, the pontic is supported by multiple dental implants, rather than abutment teeth. Usually, we place a dental implant for each missing tooth. Sometimes, this may not be possible, and the pontic is suspended between two implant-supported crowns. An implant-supported bridge can be the most secure, comfortable, and durable way to replace multiple teeth.
•  Maryland bridge. Maryland bridges consists of a pontic that is supported by a metal or porcelain framework. The framework is cemented onto the back of the two teeth surrounding the open space. The strength of the bridge is restricted to the strength of the cement. Maryland bridges are a more conservative option compared to traditional or implant bridges, but they may cause issues with your gum tissue or bite.
•  Cantilever bridge. Cantilever bridges have fallen out of favor in recent years because the structure is unable to support a strong bite force. The pontic is held in place by a single abutment tooth rather than two. This can be beneficial if there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, however, fractured teeth and loosened crowns tend to be common problems with this type of bridge.

Dental Bridge Procedure


Model of a dental bridge at a lab, as used by dentist in Sacramento, CA.Most dental bridge procedures are multi-step processes that involve more than one visit. For a traditional bridge, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, so we can reshape your abutment teeth without causing discomfort. Afterwards, we will take an impression of the abutment teeth and send it to the dental laboratory. There, they will fabricate your final restoration using porcelain, zirconia, or a metal alloy. These days most patients choose porcelain or zirconia because of superior aesthetics.

Final restorations typically take a couple of weeks to complete. Our team may fabricate a temporary bridge in the meantime to protect your enamel. During a second appointment, we will install the final bridge and ensure there are no issues with your bite or adjacent teeth. After we achieve the proper fit, your specialist will permanently cement the bridge to your abutment teeth.

The procedure for implant-supported bridges is slightly more complicated and usually involves two minor surgeries. Many patients find the extra steps to be worth it, thanks to the many benefits of an implant-supported bridge.

Benefits of Dental Bridges


•  Great aesthetics. Dental bridges not only fill the space of a missing tooth, but they can also improve the color and shape of the abutment teeth. Materials like porcelain and zirconia can be molded to mimic the texture and light reflecting properties of your natural teeth.
•  Longevity. Case studies have shown that fixed dental bridges can last from 5 to fifteen years. With the proper care and maintenance, you bridge can last for decades!
•  Permanence. A fixed bridge is non-removable. This means that you will never have to worry about taking it out to clean it, unlike partial dentures.

Schedule Your Appointment


If you are missing one or more teeth, call (916) 264-9655, and schedule your consultation today!
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