William M. Schneider, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

William M. Schneider, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Walnut Creek, CA

Dental bridges are an extremely effective way of getting rid of the unwanted gaps in your teeth that make chewing difficult. William M. Schneider, DDS, in Walnut Creek, Northern California, has 25 years of experience working with men and women to find practical and permanent bridge solutions to missing teeth. To learn more about dental bridges, go online or call the office and book an appointment.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

As the name suggests, dental bridges close the gap where teeth are missing. Using either a dental crown or your natural teeth, Dr. Schneider anchors the bridge in place.

Generally speaking, bridges are most effective when natural teeth border the area that needs to be filled. In this case, Dr. Schneider files down the anchoring natural tooth and places a crown over it.

Are there different types of bridges?

There multiple types of bridges that vary according to your unique dental needs:

Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge. It uses one or more prosthetic teeth that hold the bridge in place. These prosthetic teeth are cemented on your natural teeth and placed next to the missing ones. Dr. Schneider recommends this type when you have natural teeth bordering the gap.

Cantilever Bridge

Similar to traditional bridges, cantilever bridges only use one prosthetic tooth to secure the bridge. In other words, cantilever bridges are required when there’s only one natural tooth bordering the gap. The downside of this kind of bridge is that the support rests only on one natural tooth, leading to potential tooth fractures or loosened crowns.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-supported bridges come in handy when you have more than one tooth missing. To anchor the bridge, Dr. Schneider places dental implants for every missing tooth to hold the bridge in place. Since implants anchor the bridge, it’ll feel extra stable.

Maryland Bridge

Maryland bridges don’t use crowns to hold the bridge in place. Instead, they consist of prosthetic teeth held together by a metal or porcelain framework. The main downside of this type of bridge is that the durability of the bridge relies on the framework that holds it together.  

When should you consider a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are a great alternative if you aren’t able to get a dental implant for any reason relating to your jawbone density. Dr. Schneider might recommend a dental bridge if he thinks your gums aren’t healthy enough for dental implants.

He might also recommend a dental bridge if your gap has caused your existing teeth to shift. In this case, placing a dental implant might also require light orthodontic treatment such as braces. Bridges allow you to bypass that.

If you’re struggling with gaps in your teeth and want comprehensive treatment to restore your natural smile, get in touch with Dr. Schneider today by phone or online to book an appointment.