While most of us intend to go through life with all our natural teeth, the truth is that this doesn’t always happen. Tooth loss may be occasioned by traumatic injury, dental caries, and even gum disease. If you have recently suffered tooth loss, it would be best to look into addressing the same. Unaddressed tooth loss has severe, adverse effects on your oral and overall well-being.
If you’re looking for permanent tooth restoration, dental bridges in Wynnewood, PA come highly recommended. A dental bridge is a dental restoration or prosthesis that consists of pontic teeth held in place by adjacent teeth. The name “dental bridge” is inspired by the fact that these restorations bridge or close the gap created by missing teeth.
If you’re in Wynnewood, PA and are looking for a dental office that provides dental bridges near you, we welcome you to Wynnewood Dental Arts for a comprehensive consultation.
There are four different types of dental bridges. Our dentist will evaluate your needs to determine the best kind of bridge for you.
Traditional or conventional bridges are by far the most popular type of dental bridge. A traditional bridge consists of one or several pontic or replacement teeth supported by abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Conventional bridges are ideal if the patient still has some natural teeth remaining after tooth loss.
A cantilever bridge is slightly different from a conventional bridge. Instead of two teeth, a cantilever bridge is held in place by a single tooth adjacent to the gap.
If you’re missing your front teeth, our dentist may suggest a Maryland-bonded bridge. Like traditional bridges, Maryland-bonded bridges are supported by two teeth. However, instead of dental crowns, Maryland-bonded bridges rely on a framework of metal or porcelain wings for support.
As the name suggests, implant-supported bridges are bridges that are held in place by implants. These are ideal if the patient has lost the natural teeth needed to support a dental bridge.
Dental bridges typically require two dental visits, except in the case of implant-supported bridges, in which case more visits may be necessary. During your first visit, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis obtains all relevant information regarding your dental health and creates a personalized treatment plan. The first visit also involves abutment teeth preparation, during which the dentist reshapes your adjacent teeth and takes your impressions.
On your second visit, Dr. Thomas DeFinnis cements the bridge in place, thus completing your smile transformation.
Reach out to Wynnewood Dental Arts today to find out more about dental bridges in Wynnewood, PA.