When replacing patients’ teeth, you can provide them with four different dental bridge options; some require crowns, and others need implants to function. Here are a few solutions you can offer and when to suggest them.
A Guide to Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most commonly used. They typically consist of one or more artificial teeth held together by dental crowns on either side. This solution is normally offered if the patient has strong natural teeth that can support the bridge.
During the procedure, you’ll need to remove the enamel on the natural teeth to make room for the crowns. The enamel won’t grow back, so these teeth will always need protective crowns, even if your patient decides to use a different bridge in the future.
Instead of requiring crowns on either side to support it, cantilever bridges can be held in place by one crown on an adjacent tooth. This option works best for patients who don’t want to remove enamel and for those with only one strong tooth next to the gap.
This option attaches the metal or porcelain bridge to the mouth without using crowns. You won’t need to file off enamel since you’ll cement the framework to the back of the teeth rather than the top. Avoid using this dental solution to replace molars, as the resin will loosen and move after repeated chewing.
These bridges work best at addressing multiple missing teeth. This method doesn’t require crowns or porcelain framework but uses implants instead. You’ll need an implant for each missing tooth, and these posts will hold the bridge in place.
Although implant-supported bridges are one of the most secure solutions, they require two surgeries to apply. You must first place the implants into the jawbone, then install the bridge—this process may take up to five months to complete.
Regardless of which bridge your patient chooses, give them the best fitting prostheses by partnering with a reliable dental laboratory. The team at Aloha Dental Laboratory in Aiea, HI, uses state-of-the-art technology to provide accurate products the first time around. They’ll craft custom bridges, crowns, and implants, ensuring the products fit securely and comfortably. To get more information about their services, visit the website or call (808) 947-2877.