Bridge Construction and Types

The construction of a dental bridge begins with preparing the anchoring teeth (abutments) by reshaping them to accommodate the crowns that will support the bridge. Impressions of the teeth are taken to create a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made. Dental bridges can be fabricated from various materials such as porcelain, ceramics, or metal alloys, depending on the location of the missing tooth, aesthetic considerations, and functional requirements. The type of bridge selected—traditional, cantilever, or Maryland-bonded—depends on the specific needs and structure of the patient's mouth.

Dental Bridges Advantages and Maintenance

Advantages & Maintenance

Dental bridges offer several key benefits:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Bridges restore the appearance of a full set of teeth, enhancing your smile and facial aesthetics.

  • Functional Improvement: By replacing missing teeth, bridges improve chewing and speaking abilities.

  • Prevention of Dental Shifts: Bridges help maintain the position of natural teeth by filling empty spaces, preventing misalignments.

Proper care of dental bridges involves good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to prevent decay in the anchoring teeth and ensure the longevity of the bridge. Regular dental check-ups are also essential for monitoring the health of the bridge and the adjacent teeth.