Exploring Traditional Dental Bridges

Posted by Dr. John Paul Gallardo, DDS, PA
Dr. Gallardo at Gallardo Periodontics offers a comprehensive range of traditional dental bridge treatments for patients in Miami, FL.
One of the most popular types of dental bridges offered by Dr. Gallardo at Gallardo Periodontics is a traditional dental bridge

Have you considered traditional dental bridges to fill in your smile? Bridges exemplify a proven solution for replacing missing teeth and maintaining your facial structure. This technique, when implemented precisely by a professional dentist, delivers both aesthetic and functional advantages.

What are Traditional Dental Bridges?

Traditional dental bridges are common types of dental services utilized to replace missing teeth and restore your smile. A traditional bridge involves creating a false tooth, known as a pontic, held in place by dental crowns cemented onto the adjacent teeth. 

As their name suggests, traditional dental bridges act as a bridge between existing teeth, providing a functional and aesthetic replacement for the missing tooth. The longevity and effectiveness of dental bridges make them a worthy choice for many seeking dental services.

The procedure involves careful reshaping and preparation of the adjacent teeth to support the bridge. The proper installation of dental bridges ensures a renewed smile and enhanced oral health.

Benefits of Traditional Dental Bridges

Fixed dental bridges are more than just dental restorations; they restore your smile and self-confidence. Getting a permanent bridge has aesthetic and functional benefits

Aesthetics and Functionality

Dental bridges vastly improve a smile by replacing missing teeth with natural-looking false ones. Designed to blend harmoniously with your natural teeth, bridges create an even and radiant smile that’s often indistinguishable from the real thing.

Not only do bridges restore aesthetics—an improved smile, but they also reinstate the full functionality of replacement teeth. From better speech articulation to easy chewing, dental bridges ultimately enhance the quality of day-to-day life.

Preventing Bone Loss and Maintaining Healthy Teeth

Preventing bone loss after missing teeth is crucial. Dental bridges not only fill the gap but also guard against bone loss, promoting healthy teeth. Patients should take adequate calcium and vitamin D to prevent bone loss and sustain the health of remaining teeth.

Dental bridges, if properly cared for, can prevent bone and tooth loss, keeping the patient’s smile intact and the user’s teeth healthy. However, neglect could lead to additional missing teeth and aggravated bone loss.

Differences with other Types of Bridges

In terms of permanence, traditional bridges are considered long-lasting bridges, while others like resin-bonded bridges and temporary bridges provide only a short-term solution. The type of bridge chosen often depends on the patient’s specific needs and circumstances. For example, implant-supported bridges provide a more durable and natural-feeling alternative to traditional bridges. Yet, they require a surgical procedure and a longer recovery period. On the other hand, cantilever bridges, another type of bridge, are typically used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the lost tooth.

Traditional Dental Bridge Alternatives

Alternatives to dental bridges can ensure healthy teeth and optimal oral health. One popular alternative is an implant-supported dental bridge, a durable and stable solution for dental issues. They replace a missing tooth without relying on neighboring teeth for support, leading to a stronger overall restoration.

Should multiple teeth need replacement, partial dentures are another alternative. Dentures, in general, are full or partial sets of artificial teeth. However, for a single missing tooth or a small gap, dental implants can be suitable. They sit securely in the jawbone, replicating the natural tooth root for a natural-looking solution.

While dental implant-supported bridges, partial dentures, and dental implants all serve as alternatives, it’s critical to discuss your situation with your dentist to determine the best solution for your unique dental needs.

Materials of Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges, a popular dental restoration method, predominantly use two types of materials in their construction: metal and porcelain. A bridge consists of two crowns that anchor the bridge to the adjacent teeth, with a false tooth in between. The crowns, typically made from metal for strength and durability, act as support pillars. However, to mimic the natural white shade of teeth, porcelain often overlays the metal. This aesthetic touch gives the bridge a more natural look. The material choice heavily influences the bridge’s durability, appearance, and cost.

Pure porcelain is also used to fabricate bridges. It is a favorite for patients desiring a natural, tooth-like appearance. However, it’s important to remember that the type of material used may depend on the location of the bridge, budget, and personal preference.

Facial shape can be dramatically affected by missing teeth, but a traditional dental bridge can restore the original appearance.
Porcelain bridges are a popular option for those looking for a natural and aesthetically pleasing solution

Getting Fixed Dental Bridges

The dental bridge procedure generally starts with an initial appointment at your dental office. During this visit, an experienced dentist will prepare the abutment teeth for the bridge process. They shape these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for the false tooth, also known as a crown.

Your dental health is of the utmost importance, hence the dentist will make impressions of your teeth to act as a model for your bridge, false tooth, and crowns. Dental implants act as an alternative if you have no natural teeth that can serve as anchors. The dental office will provide you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth until the final bridge is ready.

In your next appointment, the dentist will replace your temporary bridge with a fixed dental bridge. They will check the fit and adjust it if necessary to ensure perfect alignment. Once it fits correctly, they will permanently fix it to your teeth, hence completing the dental procedure.

Potential Complications of Fixed Dental Bridges

Monitor your dental bridges carefully for any sign of a problem. If you notice persistent discomfort, a change in your smile, or symptoms of gum disease around the bridged area, it’s time to seek expert care. Any loose fit or unusual sensation can be a telltale sign of potential dental issues, warranting immediate attention to avoid worsening the situation.

Maintaining Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges, with proper care, can last between five to fifteen years, or even longer. Good oral hygiene is crucial for extending the bridge’s lifespan. Avoid dental issues by maintaining appropriate bone health and preventing gum disease. This includes regular brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash to reduce the risk of decay and bone loss around the bridge. Regular dental visits are also essential to ensure optimal oral health as well as avoiding hard and sticky food. 

Talk with a Dental Bridge Expert

If you are considering a bridge option for your dental needs, look no further than Dr. Gallardo. With years of experience and expertise in traditional dental bridges, he can provide the best advice and treatment plan to suit your individual situation. Schedule an appointment with him today to explore all your treatment options!