Oklahoma City Dental Bridges
Offering an Array of Restorative Dental Treatments
At Sorgen Dentistry, we believe every person deserves a smile they truly feel proud to show off. We are passionate about helping our patients improve their smiles through a variety of high-quality general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments. While we strive to focus on preventive care at our practice, there are times when a tooth needs to be replaced due to dental decay, trauma, or an extraction. And, in those cases, dental bridges provide an effective, affordable, and lifelike option for tooth replacement.
Dental Bridge Options
Every tooth in your smile plays a critical role in speech, eating, and maintaining the proper alignment of your smile; even one missing tooth can cause significant problems over time. While tooth loss is usually avoidable with strong oral hygiene, there are a number of issues that can lead to losing a tooth—some of them beyond a patient’s control.
Dental bridges offer a convenient, lifelike option for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge involves attaching an artificial tooth, called a pontic, to two adjacent crowns, called abutments. The crowns keep the pontic firmly in place and support your new replacement tooth. Dental bridges are then permanently attached.
We can use dental bridges to replace most teeth in the mouth. There are three primary types of bridges used for different dental situations, including:
- Traditional Bridge: The most common form, this involves attaching an artificial replacement tooth to two crowns, one on either side of the replacement tooth. It’s a sturdy, effective option for replacing most missing teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge: This is similar to a traditional bridge, but the two abutments (crowns) are placed on the same side of the artificial tooth, one after the other. This bridge is normally used to replace rear molars, which only have adjacent teeth on one side.
- Maryland Bridge: Instead of dental crowns, a Maryland bridge uses tooth-colored metal rings wrapped around each adjacent tooth as a support. These are most common for replacing the incisors (front teeth), as crowns are more difficult to place on these skinny, flat teeth.
Common Questions about Dental Bridges
What is a dental bridge? What is a fixed partial denture? Are they different?
All fixed bridges are a form of fixed partial denture, in that they use one or more artificial teeth to replace missing teeth but not the entire smile. As the name implies, fixed bridges are fixed in place with strong dental cement and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable bridges, similar to removable dentures, can be taken out of the mouth and cleaned. While this is convenient for some patients, fixed bridges are generally stronger and more stable than removable bridges.
Why should I get a bridge?
If you’re missing a tooth or need to have a tooth replaced, it’s critical to get a replacement tooth right away. Missing teeth can cause problems in orthodontic alignment, speech issues, problems with bite function, gum disease, bone loss, and a variety of other problems.
Dental bridges are an effective way to replace teeth and prevent these problems from progressing. Bridges are convenient, cost-effective, and can be made to perfectly match your existing teeth. However, they’re not your only option; you may also consider dental implants to replace missing teeth.
What is the procedure for a dental bridge?
Bridges generally take two to three appointments to fully complete, depending on the complexity of the case. During the first appointment, your dentist will carefully clean the area and prepare the adjacent teeth for crowns by reshaping them and removing some of the enamel and dentin. He will then take impressions of the two supporting teeth before placing a temporary bridge to wear before your next appointment.
Our dental bridges are most commonly made from porcelain (ceramic) material, so they have to be carefully sculpted in a lab to perfectly fit your teeth and ensure a correct bite. We’ll use the impressions we take at the first appointment to custom-manufacture your own dental bridge, a process that usually takes up to three weeks.
When your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll bring your back in for a second appointment to remove the temporary bridge, ensure your permanent bridge fits perfectly, and cement it into place. Once the dental cement dries, you’ll have a beautiful new smile!
What are dental bridges made of?
We can create bridges from a variety of materials, including:
- Porcelain (ceramic)
- Gold alloys
- Non-precious metal alloys
- A composite material of multiple materials
The most common material for a bridge is either all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, but we can craft a bridge from any of the materials above to suit your unique needs.
How do you care for a dental bridge?
Caring for your bridge is important, but thankfully, it’s easy. Just treat your bridge like a normal tooth—maintain strong oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. With proper care, your bridge will last for many years to come.
Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Oklahoma City Dentist
Dental bridges provide a simple, realistic, and cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth. Whether you’re replacing one or multiple teeth, we can use bridges to help you restore your beautiful, healthy smile. Feel free to contact us if you have more questions about dental bridges in Oklahoma City, or simply request an appointment online if you’d like to schedule a consultation.
Call (405) 400-1257 today to get started with Oklahoma City dental bridges.
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