A dental bridge is used if you are missing one or more teeth, but have healthy teeth on either side of the missing ones. We can create a bridge that will fill in the missing areas and use the healthy teeth as their support system. Bridges are often chosen as an alternative to false teeth or dentures as they are non-removable and usually blend better with the aesthetics and comfort or your smile.
If you have missing teeth and want to discuss remedying this problem, please contact our Madison dentist at Maple Grove Dental. We happily welcome all patients and will make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire process. Call us today at (608) 588-8598.
Types of Dental Bridges
Typically, a bridge is placed atop healthy teeth with missing teeth in-between them, but there are times where those healthy teeth may need some work first as well. Because of these variations, there are three main types of dental bridges, including the following:
- Traditional dental bridge – our Madison dentist places a crown on the teeth that surround the missing teeth. These bridges are usually made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal.
- Cantilever dental bridge – we use this type of bridge when there is a healthy tooth on only one side of the missing teeth. This method is only used when we believe it is the best possible option.
- Maryland-bonded dental bridge – our dentist will use metal or porcelain to bond the bridge on either side of the missing teeth to the existing teeth.
Dental Bridge Steps
In order to prepare you for your dental bridge, our Madison dentist, Dr. James Tauschek, will first prepare the teeth that surround the missing teeth. This can involve removing portions of their enamel so there is room to place a crown upon them. After this, we will make an impression of your teeth and fit you with a temporary bridge.
Next, the bridge is sent to a dental lab to be customized to your mouth’s shape, bite, and tooth color. At your second visit, our dentist will remove the temporary bridge and permanently place the finalized bridge after ensuring that it fits properly and your bite is correct.
Following your procedure, you will need to be cautious about eating certain foods for a while. Dr. Tauschek will advise you on post-appointment eating habits, but eventually you will be eating and speaking with so much ease, you won’t even remember when you were missing teeth.
Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation
If you believe a dental bridge may be the ideal solution to your dental needs, please come visit our Madison dentist at Maple Grove Dental. We pride ourselves on our personal approach and will take the time to get to know you and your needs. We will customize your treatment for you and make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process. To set up a consultation, please contact us today by calling (608) 588-8598.