Missing teeth can cause embarrassment and affect your quality of life. A bridge is a dental device that fills the gap left in your smile that a tooth once occupied. It can be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth, which can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and jaw issues or even periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of the existing teeth and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Types of Bridges
There are several different kinds of bridges, including:
- A fixed bridge is the most popular type of bridge and consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the gap and hold the bridge in place. A fixed bridge is usually the most aesthetically appealing and comfortable choice.
- The Maryland bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to metal bands that are bonded to the back of the neighboring teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches the color of your existing teeth.
- The cantilever bridge is often used when there are only teeth on one side of the gap. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
The procedure specifics will depend on the type of bridge you choose. We’ll take digital impressions using the iTero® scanner to create a customized bridge that looks and feels natural. For a fixed bridge or cantilever bridge, we’ll recontour the teeth that require crowns and create a temporary restoration while your permanent bridge is being made. When your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll check that it fits and that your bite is correct before cementing it into place.
You’ll need to practice good oral hygiene, including flossing once daily and brushing twice a day, as well as keeping up with your regular professional cleanings to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for over a decade.
Restore Your Confident Smile
Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can truly impact the way you feel about yourself and give you a huge boost in confidence. Schedule an appointment today with our experienced cosmetic dentists to learn more about dental bridges in Naperville. Book your visit online or by calling us at (630) 848-2010.
An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
One or More
A dental bridge can rejuvenate your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth.
15 million people in the U.S. currently have crown or bridge replacements for missing teeth.