Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between existing teeth or dental implants. They consist of artificial teeth anchored by crowns placed on the adjacent natural teeth, creating a seamless, functional, and natural-looking restoration.
At J. Whitley Wills, DDS, we use dental bridges to not only restore your ability to chew and speak properly but also maintain the alignment of surrounding teeth, preventing shifting and bite problems. Bridges are a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals with missing teeth, improving oral function and enhancing the overall appearance of the smile.
Types of Dental Bridges
The traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge in Memphis, TN. It consists of two crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth and are attached to the false tooth in the middle. This bridge requires healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap to be crowned to support the bridge.
This type of bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth next to the gap. Instead of using two crowns placed on the adjacent teeth, only one dental crown is attached to the pontic.
The Maryland bridge is anchored in place using metal wings bonded to the back of the existing teeth. These wings are cemented to the backside of the teeth, so they are not visible from the front.
An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as anchors instead of natural teeth. This option is usually used when there are more than two missing teeth in a row.
The Procedure for Getting a Bridge
Getting a bridge requires at least two visits to our dental office. During the first visit, our dentist in Memphis, TN, will prepare the teeth supporting the bridge by removing some of the enamel to make room for the crowns. Impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the lab, where the bridge will be fabricated. Our dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums while your permanent bridge is being made.
During your second appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent one will be placed in your mouth. It will be adjusted to ensure a proper fit and then cemented into place.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth and are interested in getting a dental bridge, visit J. Whitley Wills, DDS, at 59 S Idlewild St, Memphis, TN 38104, or call (901) 726-9525 to schedule an appointment today.