Lake Worth, TX
Pontics, or dental bridges, are false teeth that fill in gaps between natural teeth when one is missing. The surrounding teeth provide a structure for these to hold in place. Dental bridges have both aesthetic and functional value. You have several different kinds of dental bridge available and these are constructed of different materials. During your consult with our dental professionals at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth, they will explain all of the dental bridge options and help you decide on the right choice.
Why Bridges Are Important
You have a few options for restoration when you lose a tooth, but dental bridges have several benefits over alternatives. These look very similar to your natural teeth and can serve a few different functions. Activities like talking or chewing can be difficult when you are missing a tooth, but dental bridges give you these abilities back. Furthermore, they also ensure that your bite is even for all of your teeth so you will not experience further dental damage. In addition to function, they also provide aesthetic value like mouth shape maintenance, placement of your other teeth, and a natural-looking smile.
Types of Dental Bridges
Gold and porcelain are very common materials used to make dental bridges. The build of the dental bridge will determine its durability and longevity, although you can expect them to last around 5 to 15 years, in general. Gold is much more durable than porcelain, but it is usually more expensive and does not match your natural teeth. If aesthetic value is more important, porcelain is the better choice since they match your natural teeth. However, they have a shorter lifespan and are obviously more brittle than gold.
There are four styles of dental bridges available, regardless of the material used. These include traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant supported. The difference between these styles is their placement method. Traditional bridges, or false teeth, are supported by dental crowns that have been cemented to the adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges have a porcelain or metal framework that bonds to the back of the adjacent teeth, rather than having a crown for support. Cantilever bridges also use crowns and dental cement for support but are cemented to a single adjacent tooth. Implant-supported dental bridges have dental implant support, which requires surgery.
Your procedure will vary slightly based on the type of dental bridge you receive. Traditional bridges are the top choice. Implant-supported dental bridges are less popular but are more stable. Initially, our dentist will discuss the various types of dental bridges we have available. They will also perform a thorough dental exam and get dental x-rays at the first appointment.
Dental bridges typically take several appointments to complete. During the first appointment, our dentist applies anesthetic and then files the adjacent teeth to create a support structure. A dental impression is taken for lab processing so that the bridge matches the surrounding teeth. Our dentist may also place a temporary bridge in the meantime. You will also receive anesthesia at the following appointment, where the permanent bridge is placed using dental cement.
Following each appointment, our dentist will explain how to care for your dental bridge. You must follow these instructions for a smooth recovery. For more information about dental bridges, contact HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at (682) 516-3532 today.