Dr. S. Jeremy Tu is a talented restorative dentist that treats patients from Cedar Rapids, IA. He offers many options for patients who suffer from missing teeth including dental bridges. Dr. Tu takes a comprehensive approach when treating each patient to ensure long-lasting and natural results.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a popular, custom fabricated dental restoration that is used to close gaps along the arch created by missing teeth. It consists of a series of fake teeth that are fused together to create one prosthesis. On each end is a dental crown that is attached to abutment teeth or implants. The replacement teeth are located in between the crowns and are called pontics.
Whether you are missing one or multiple teeth consecutive missing teeth, a bridge is an excellent replacement option that can be fabricated to blend in naturally with the rest of your smile. Dental Design is proud to offer many types of dental bridges to help patients from Cedar Rapids efficiently replace their missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Bridge – This type of bridge is used when there are two healthy teeth on each side of gap. The teeth, commonly called the abutment teeth, will support the dental bridge. They will be grinded down to create room for the crown.
- Cantilever Bridge – This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but it only uses one abutment tooth as opposed to two. It is most commonly used towards the front of them mouth where there is less chewing force used. The one tooth will need to be grinded down to accommodate the crown.
- Maryland Bridge – This type of bridge is unique because it uses a framework made of metal or porcelain to hold a pontic in place. This framework is fixed to back side of two abutment teeth. These teeth do not need to be modified to support it.
- Implant-Supported Bridge – For patients who are missing several consecutive teeth, they can use dental implants to support a dental bridge. Here, two implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone on each side of the gap. The implants will be used to support the dental bridge as well as replace the missing tooth roots.
Why Choose an Implant-Supported Bridge
An implant-supported bridge offers a higher success rate and will typically last longer than the other types of bridges. Using dental implants as anchors will provide a stronger base to support the bridge and save your healthy, adjacent teeth from unnecessary damage and pressure. Choosing this option will also save you from enduring bone loss in the jaw. The implants will act as tooth roots providing enough stimulation for the bone to avoid deterioration and gum recession. Promoting continue bone growth in the jaw is what sets implant supported bridges apart from the other types of bridges.
Schedule a Consultation
We encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the available solutions for missing teeth. Dr. Tu is an expert restorative dentist that offers dental bridges in our Cedar Rapids area dentist office