A bridge is a dental restoration that allows Dr. Rapisarda to replace a missing tooth utilizing the remaining teeth on either side of “gap.” When in place, the bridge gives the appearance that no tooth is missing. A bridge can restore your smile by preventing teeth from drifting, allowing for better chewing ability, and maintaining the bone where the tooth was missing.
There are three types of bridges available at Rapisarda Family Dentistry: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bonded bridges.
- A traditional bridge is the most common. It utilizes a false tooth (pontic) which is anchored to crowns that cover the teeth on either side of the gap.
- A cantilever bridge only anchors to one tooth and extends into the area of the missing tooth.
- A Maryland bridge is a minimally invasive tooth replacement option generally confined to the front of the mouth. The false tooth has “wings” on it that allow it to be glued to the adjacent teeth.
In order to get a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared, an impression is taken, and a temporary bridge is made out of acrylic. The impression is sent to our laboratory, which then makes a beautiful white bridge that looks just like the rest of your natural teeth. You will then return to our Camas, WA dental office to have your final bridge permanently cemented in place.
Home oral hygiene is slightly more difficult if you have a bridge. Since each tooth on the bridge is connected, you can't floss like you do natural teeth. The floss has to be threaded under the bridge and then removed prior to flossing the next tooth. Dr. Rapisarda may also recommend using a water flosser and an electric toothbrush for optimal care of your bridge and your overall oral health.