Dental Bridges In Toledo

At Our Dental Office in Sylvania

Dental Health Associates may recommend a dental bridge to you if you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices. This dental bridge will permanently fill the gaps left by missing teeth with new, natural-looking artificial white teeth and will ultimately keep the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position. As the name suggests, dental bridges are held on by crowns placed over the teeth on both sides of the gap, creating a dental bridge. There are three main types of dental bridges:

Close-up photo of a dental bridge
  • Traditional bridges, which involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or replacement tooth, in between – these are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics;
  • Cantilever bridges, which are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth, and;
  • Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge), which are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Installing a dental bridge is referred to as ‘fixed’ dentistry, as bridges are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth! Some of the advantages of dental bridges include:

  • The ability to speak and chew properly
  • Increased biting strength
  • A restored smile!
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Preventing tooth decay and gum disease
  • Preventing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

Dental Bridge Placement Process

After the type of bridge and materials to be used are determined, the teeth that support the bridge are prepared. Local anesthetic is administered and small amounts of tooth structure are removed from the supporting teeth. Impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and a model of the teeth is created to help the dental laboratory technicians that craft the custom bridge. While the permanent custom bridge is being fabricated, a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth and gums from damage.

Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed. If a traditional bridge is used, the false tooth fits into the gap and the crowns slip over the surface of the teeth on either side of the gap. If a cantilever bridge is used, the artificial tooth fits into the gap and the crowns attach to the adjacent teeth on one side of the gap. If a Maryland bonded bridge is used, the artificial tooth fits into the gap and metal or porcelain wings are bonded to the existing teeth on each side of the gap.

The permanent restoration is cemented into place using a strong dental adhesive. Instructions on how to care for the newly placed bridge are explained; special materials such as a bridge floss threader can help clean the areas around the bridge. The bridge is fixed into place and cannot be removed unless it is by a dentist. Some bridges are attached to dental implant posts for added stability.

Contact Dental Health Associates Today

Our Toledo dentists are so committed to high-quality crown, veneer, and bridge restorations that we have our own in-house dental lab. The lab is staffed with dental ceramists who ensure that your porcelain restorations are all perfectly matched to your individual smile.