How Do Dental Bridges Work?
Fixed dental bridges provided by our Manteca, CA, practice have better retention and do not fall off. It is because they are retained over the natural, healthy teeth that provide them support. If the teeth adjacent to the missing space are damaged or decayed, we may consider replacing them with dental implants.
Types of Fixed Bridges in Manteca, CA
- Traditional bridge: It is the most common type that replaces one or more missing teeth using the support of adjacent natural teeth. They are made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of dental materials.
- Implant-supported bridge: If your natural teeth are weak or damaged, we recommend implants as a long-term alternative. An implant-supported bridge can replace multiple teeth within the same arch.
- Cantilever bridge: This specific type of bridge replaces only a single missing tooth using the support of an adjacent tooth. The pontic connects to an abutment that covers a single healthy tooth.
- Maryland bridge: This is a conservative type of bridge in which we bond the abutments to the back of the supportive teeth. It has weaker retention than other types of dental bridges.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The fabrication of a custom dental bridge can take 10 to 14 days. On the second visit, we will place the bridge over your teeth to test its fitting. We will perform some adjustments to ensure that it aligns with your natural bite. At the end of the process, our dentist will give instructions on cleaning and maintaining the bridge.