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All Porcelain Dental Bridges

An alternative to dental implants

A dental bridge, as its name implies, bridges the gap in your teeth to form a seamless and natural transition between your remaining teeth and the porcelain replacement.

The dental bridge requires two adjacent teeth to serve as anchors to support the replacement tooth. The tops of these anchor teeth are trimmed and capped with crowns, and the porcelain replacement tooth is secured to the crown anchors on either side of the empty space.

The bridge is then fully cemented to your teeth and becomes a permanent addition to your smile.

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The Issue with missing teeth

More Than Just Embarrassing

  • Makes chewing, drinking difficult
  • Left uncorrected, adjacent teeth will drift causing crooked teeth.
  • Painful bite alignment
  • Gum disease and even temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Bone Loss

Know your options

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridges

Involve creating a porcelain crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth, with a replacement tooth anchored to the supporting teeth for permanent stability. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge.

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Cantilever Bridges

It is used when there is only one neighboring tooth available to support the bridge. A traditional bridge is preferred, as it provides better support and placement. Cantilever bridges are not usually the most ideal solution, due to that lack of support, and we may recommend an alternate treatment such as a dental implant.

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Maryland Bonded Bridges

It is consist of a porcelain crown, flanked by porcelain wings on either side of the tooth that are bonded to existing teeth. These are typically recommended for replacing a missing front tooth, as opposed to a back tooth. Maryland bridges are named for the University of Maryland School of Dentistry where they were invented (which happens to be Dr. Draper’s alma mater)

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Implant-Supported Bridges

It’s similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. In most cases, when an implant-supported bridge is used, one implant is placed in the front of the tooth loss area and one behind. After that, a one-piece porcelain restoration (bridge) can span the entire space creating a beautiful end result.

Fixed Bridges

A bridge is a series of three or more crowns joined together and used to replace missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges and the dentist is prepared to discuss the best option to fit your individual needs.

  • The most popular type of bridge is the traditional bridge, which is constructed from a metal or ceramic base that has porcelain layered on top of it to give it a natural tooth look.
  • This type of bridge consists of two or more crowns that are supported by your own teeth on both sides of a missing teeth. An artificial tooth (called a pontic) is attached to the anchor teeth creating a bridge. The bridge can fill the gap of two or more teeth.
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Reasons your dentist may recommend fixed bridges include:

  • To maintain shape and function of the dental arch
  • To prevent drifting of the remaining teeth
  • To restore your chewing and speaking ability
  • To fill the space of missing teeth or as an upgrade from a removable partial denture to a fixed appliance

Treatment for a fixed bridge may require two or more visits.

  • At your first appointment the dentist will numb the teeth and prepare them for the bridge framework. Your teeth will then be digitally scanned for the lab for constriction of your fixed dental bridge. Before you leave the office you will be fitted with a temporary bridge until your next appointment.
  • Once your final bridgework is complete from the laboratory you will return to our Apex, North Carolina office for your second visit. At this visit, your dentist will examine the fit of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments. It will then be permanently cemented in place.

After receiving dental bridges, Better Dental patients receive home care instructions for how to best care for their new dental work. Remember regular dental visits combined with good eating habits and oral hygiene help lengthen the life of your bridge.

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If you’re not sure what cosmetic procedure would address your concerns, our dentists will give you recommendations. Whatever option you choose, trust that our seasoned dentists will give you a beautiful set of pearly whites.

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