Have you noticed gaps in your mouth or you’re having difficulty chewing? Dental bridges might be the best way to restore your teeth’s functions. At Porsch Dental in North Garland, Texas, J. Brian Porsch, DDS, provides patients comprehensive and durable dental bridge services. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits and uses of dental bridges, get in touch with the office today by phone or online.
A dental bridge refers to a dental device that closes the gap where teeth are missing. Dr. Porsch anchors a bridge in place either by using a dental crown or your natural teeth for support.
Bridges are the most effective when you have natural teeth neighboring the gapped area. For best results, Dr. Porsch files down the natural tooth in the treatment area and places a crown over it that acts as a buttress for your bridge.
Each person has different needs when it comes to dental bridges. That’s why Dr. Porsch offers four different types of bridges to ensure the best fit and long-lasting results:
As the most common type of bridge, a traditional bridge uses one or more prosthetic teeth to hold the bridge in place. Using a permanent cement to fix the prosthetic teeth, Dr. Posch then fixes the bridge onto the crown for long-lasting support.
A cantilever bridge uses a single prosthetic tooth to secure the bridge. Dr. Porsch recommends a cantilever bridge when there’s only one natural tooth bordering the gap.
While cantilever bridges are effective, their stability relies on a single natural tooth, which can cause tooth fractures and loosened crowns.
If you have more than one missing tooth, Dr. Porsch might recommend an implant-supported bridge. He places an implant for every missing tooth. Each implant holds the bridge in place, and since implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, your bridge will feel extremely stable.
Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that holds prosthetic teeth in place. Your bridge relies on this framework for stability.
While many people opt for dental implants, they aren’t for everybody. Dental bridges serve as a great alternative if your jaw bone density isn’t strong enough to withstand implants.
Bridges also allow you to bypass orthodontic treatment like braces if your teeth have started to shift.
If you continually struggle with gaps in your teeth and are seeking comprehensive treatment to fully restore your natural smile, don’t wait another minute. Get in touch with Porsch Dental today by phone or online to book an appointment.