Thinking About Getting a Dental Bridge? Read This.
If you’ve suffered dental damage, lost teeth, or been a victim of serious gum disease, you may have heard that a dental bridge can restore your lost smile. As I, Dr. Paul Caputo, can tell you, a dental bridge can also restore your confidence – if you get the right kind for you, and you get it from well-trained dental experts, like the staff at my dental office in Palm Harbor, FL. But before you talk with your dentist about oral surgery, it can be helpful to get some basic background on the types of dental bridges, and what each one is best suited for. So read on to learn more.
These were the most common type of dental bridge for years. They’re built over a metal skeleton, with false teeth (known as “pontics) made of porcelain or other ceramics. Implants or crowns on either side of the gap hold the bridge in place, and it’s cemented in the area of missing teeth, which means that only a dentist or dental staff member can remove it, via dental surgery. This makes a traditional ceramic bridge highly stable, as long as you’ve still got your original teeth on both sides of the area where it’ll be inserted.
For patients who only have teeth on one side of the area where the bridge will be placed, a cantilever bridge provides more stability than a traditional ceramic bridge would. The bridge is permanently attached to only one tooth, but its special design means that it’s still held firmly in place. A cantilever bridge can be a bit more expensive than a traditional bridge, but it may be a better option for you if you’re missing all or most of the teeth on one side of your mouth.
Maryland bonded bridges
A special type of bridge with metal “wings” that attach it to existing teeth, this bridge fits artificial porcelain teeth tightly in between your real teeth. You’ll start the process by stopping by the dental office and getting molds taken from the area around where the bridge will be inserted. We’ll use those molds to create the false teeth that’ll be attached to the bridge. On your next visit, we’ll cement the bridge into place – and on a third visit, we’ll double-check to make sure it’s firmly fitted and comfortable.
No matter what type of bridge is right for you, the expert staff at my dental office in Palm Harbor, FL can answer any questions you have. You can even talk to me, Dr. Paul Caputo – I’ll walk you through the whole process step-by-step, and explain which type of dental bridge is right for you, and why. Though many options are available, there’s no reason to get confused. With a little information about your needs, and your existing teeth, the right answer usually becomes very clear with just one visit to my office.
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