Dental Bridges, Greenwood SC
Christopher T. Griffin, D.M.DRating : 5
- Anonymous " This was my first visit to the dentist. I was very nervous. When I got there the staff was very friendly and made me feel very comfortable. I saw Dr. Griffin, he was very nice and made me feel so comfortable. When everything was over I left the office very excited and looking forward to my next visit."
What is a bridge?A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that is meant to replace missing teeth. When a single tooth is lost, a bridge is fitted using the two remaining teeth on either side of the edentulous space as abutments. The missing tooth (teeth) are supported and replaced in the space between these abutment teeth. Essentially, the abutment teeth are prepared for crowns and the two (or more) abutment teeth are connected (or bridged) to support the missing tooth (or teeth).
Why would I need a bridge?When you lose a tooth, several things can and will occur. Esthetics and function are the most readily noticeable effects of missing a tooth or several teeth. Long-term effects include shifting or moving of the remaining teeth, disruption of normal chewing patterns to accommodate the missing dentition, and increased wear of the remaining teeth.
What materials are used?Dental bridges are a lot like dental crowns in that dental laboratories use pretty much the same materials. Historically dental bridges are made of Zirconia, Lithium Disilicate, gold, a non-precious alloy or a combination of metal and porcelain (Porcelain Bonded to Metal (PBM) or Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) which is the same). The metal used in such prosthesis is either non-precious, precious or high noble which denotes the gold content. We use a high noble alloy with our prosthesis. Generally, the metal is hidden from view by the porcelain overlay.
How long do bridges last?Bridges are made to last a long time, but the longevity and durability of the bridge depends on the conditions in the mouth, condition of the abutment teeth, and the length of the bridge (I.e. How many teeth are being replaced and the location within the mouth). For instance, someone who grinds or clenches their teeth, drinks a lot of acidic beverages, and rarely or never brushes or flosses, can expect their bridges to have a short life. If you care for your teeth properly, you can expect your bridge to last anywhere from 10 years or more.
Are there any alternatives to bridges?If your bridge is replacing more than one tooth, this increases the forces transferred to the bridge and the supporting teeth which can ultimately shorten the life of your bridge. If more than one tooth is missing in the same area, you should consider dental implants which will more efficiently support the forces of mastication.
Another alternative is to replace the missing tooth or teeth with a removable partial denture.