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Dental Bridges in Round Rock, TX
A dental bridge may be provided to restore the missing chewing surface lost with the missing tooth or teeth. A bridge has two main components. The abutments (or supports) for the bridge are built by fixing a crown on either an original tooth or a dental implant. The synthetic tooth that substitutes the missing tooth is known as a pontic.
If you have one missing tooth, in that case, the two teeth present on either side will be prepared for crowns. And the lost tooth will be replaced with a synthetic tooth that is adjoined to the crowns on both sides of the missing tooth. But if you have several adjacent lost teeth, one or more dental implants may render the abutment.
Composite resin veneers are also commonly used. However, they are not sent out to or created in a dental laboratory. Financially, they cost less to the patient, but they typically don’t have the same long-lasting results as porcelain.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT IN THE DENTAL BRIDGE PROCEDURE?
It takes just two appointments to get done with the process of attaching dental bridges. In order to make room for the crown, at first, our dentist, Dr. Yoon will remove a little bit of the enamel of the adjacent teeth. After that, he will form a mold of that specific area to send it to the lab. Then the bridge along with the crown and the pontic will be designed. The next step would be to attach a temporary bridge inside your mouth unless the final bridge gets ready.
Our dentist will then replace your temporary bridge with the permanent one in your second appointment. There may be some necessary adjustments and sculpting needed after the procedure gets completed.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGES?
TRADITIONAL DENTAL BRIDGE
This is the most popular kind of dental bridge. A traditional dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth being held firmly in position by dental crowns that have been affixed onto each of the abutment teeth. They are provided by the dentist when you have original teeth on both sides of the gap left by your lost tooth.
Even though similar to a traditional bridge, the pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is held in position by a dental crown that is affixed to only one abutment tooth. For a cantilever bridge, you just require one natural tooth next to the lost tooth gap.
Rather than using natural teeth to support a bridge, a dental implant may be used to render support for one or both sides of a dental bridge. Basically, one implant is surgically inserted for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge firmly in position. This solution is specifically helpful when there are many adjacent lost teeth. Considered as the strongest and most stable process, an implant-supported bridge generally requires two surgeries and it can take several months for the process to be completely finished.
This type of bridge is anchored by a metal structure that is attached to the back of natural teeth. A Maryland bridge is provided when you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap left by the lost tooth or teeth just like traditional bridges. Even though not as sturdy as a traditional bridge, it can help maintain the tooth structure of your neighboring teeth by not using crowns for the abutments. It may not stay in position when heavy forces are applied such as biting and chewing any hard objects and does add pressure to the adjacent teeth.
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A dental bridge can last between 5 and 15 years, depending on the quality of the materials used and how well it is cared for. Proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing, can help prolong the life of a dental bridge.
No, The process of getting a dental bridge should not be painful as our dentist will administer a local anesthetic. After the procedure, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity, but this can usually be managed with pain medication.
Yes, a dental bridge is usually less expensive than a dental implant, but the cost of both can vary depending on several factors.
Yes, dental bridges can be worth it for people who have one or more missing teeth. They can improve your appearance, restore your ability to chew and speak properly and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place.