If you are congenitally (at birth) missing a tooth or teeth, a bonded bridge is a fixed permanent solution to replace your missing teeth. This can be the ideal treatment option for the growing young patient who is missing a tooth and cannot have a dental implant placement due to active skeletal growth. To fabricate a correct bonded bridge, careful coordination between the orthodontist and restorative is required to ensure that the teeth are esthetically and functionally in the correct position in your mouth.
Bonded Bridges: what are the benefits
A dental bonded bridge (also referred to as a “Maryland Bridge”) is one solution dentists can use to replace a missing tooth in less time and for less money than a conventional porcelain bridge or an implant if the right conditions exist. A Bonded bridge can be an ideal solution to replace a missing tooth in the front of your mouth.
The bonded bridge is a porcelain false tooth with inside ceramic wings bonded to the adjacent healthy teeth. Bonded bridges need very minimal or no preparations on the adjacent teeth. Bonding is an effective and proven dental treatment that creates a long-term connection of the bonded bridge wing to the good adjacent teeth.
Due to the extremely high degree of biocompatibility, bonded bridges are safe and can be used in a younger patient with missing teeth instead of a dental implant. There is strong evidence in the dental literature that documents dental implants may not be appropriate for the younger patient due to incomplete skeletal development.
The research shows that properly constructed Bonded Bridges can last more than 10 years, well beyond most of the skeletal development of the adolescent patient.
Advantages of a bonded bridge include:
1) None invasive
2) Good Esthetics
3) Easy Replacement when necessary
4) Shorter Treatment Period
In the adolescent growing patient who is congenitally missing a tooth or lost a tooth due to trauma, special communication and coordination with the Orthodontist are critical to ensure the long-term success of the bonded bridges. The doctors at PDD have the training and expertise to provide bonded bridges to their patients.
Receiving a Dental Bridge
Creating and attaching a dental bridge requires multiple appointments in our office. At the first appointment, your PDG dentist will prepare your natural teeth on either side of the tooth gap by removing a portion of the enamel. This is done in order to ensure that the bridge fits properly. For precise treatment, our dental care team takes dental impressions as a blueprint for the bridge construction. Once the bridge is complete, dental crowns are placed over the abutment teeth and the false teeth are fixed in place.
Fixed bridges are typically attached to natural teeth next to the gap left by the missing tooth. A pontic, or false tooth, is used as a replacement. Dental crowns placed onto the natural teeth or dental implants can be used as support for the bridge. You may experience sensitivity to pressure after your treatment, but this will subside. Dr. Prestipino will give you instructions on how to care for your bridge following treatment.
Results that speak for themselves: