Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Cantilever Bridge

A dental bridge can restore the function and aesthetics of your smile if you have lost one or more consecutive teeth. However, some patients do not qualify for a traditional bridge, which relies on two healthy teeth for support. When there is only one tooth available to uphold a restoration, dentists often recommend a cantilever dental bridge. This restoration is comprised of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, and a single dental crown. If you are a candidate, a cantilever bridge can improve your bite, as well as your ability to eat and speak with confidence.

How a Cantilever Bridge Works

Cantilever Bridge
This bridge is supported by a single abutment tooth for support and spans the gap left by missing teeth.

Cantilever vs. Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges feature pontics flanked by two dental crowns, and they span the gap left by missing teeth. To secure the restoration, the dentist will need to sculpt neighboring teeth by removing a small portion of enamel. Though identical in function, cantilever bridges only require a single abutment tooth to be reshaped. The pontic will then project into the nearby space. Typically, dentists only use cantilever bridges to replace single missing teeth.

Explore Your Candidacy

Your dentist will examine your bite and the structural integrity of surrounding teeth before recommending a cantilever bridge. This restoration is often appropriate for those who do not have two teeth that are healthy enough to support a traditional bridge. Weakened or decayed teeth, for example, cannot provide adequate support for a crown. In other cases, a neighboring tooth might be supporting another restoration that cannot be replaced.

Cantilever bridges enable those who would not otherwise qualify for a bridge to receive a fixed restoration.

Cantilever brides are not quite as strong as traditional bridges and cannot bear the full force of a patient's bite. Therefore, these restorations are not typically recommended for back teeth. The doctor will also evaluate your alignment. If pressure falls unevenly across the dental arches, it could damage or break a cantilever bridge. In these cases, an implant-supported bridge may be a better option. If you need to replace multiple teeth, implants or a partial denture may offer more support.

What to Expect during Treatment

Prior to the procedure, patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. To place a cantilever bridge, the dentist will need to reshape the abutment tooth that will uphold the restoration. By removing a small portion of the enamel, the dentist can ensure the restoration fits comfortably in your smile and does not disrupt occlusion.

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take impressions and note the appropriate shade for the restoration. If the dental office is equipped with CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, your dentist may be able to craft the restoration in-house. Otherwise, the impressions will be sent to a local laboratory and used to fabricate the cantilever bridge. In the interim, patients are provided with temporary restorations to protect against sensitivity.

Before bonding the bridge in place, your dentist will check to ensure it fits properly. If no modifications are needed, your dentist can attach the prosthetic with dental cement and polish your teeth to add the finishing touches.

Common Materials Used

Cantilever bridges can be made from several materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), all-porcelain, and zirconia. PFM bridges are more affordable than other options. However, it is important to note that the metal base can make the tooth appear darker over time. Patients seeking more natural-looking results may choose porcelain or zirconia restorations. These materials are shade-matched to blend seamlessly with adjacent teeth, and they never lose their vibrancy.

Risks Associated with Treatment

Cantilever bridges have a high success rate. However, they are not as strong as traditional bridges. To extend the lifespan of your bridge, you should avoid biting your nails, chewing on hard objects, and using your teeth to open packages.

Though the abutment will be covered by a crown, this tooth is still susceptible to decay if debris becomes trapped beneath the restoration. To preserve the health of your smile, you should practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice each day and floss daily, and schedule biannual visits to your dentist's office. With proper care, bridges can last 10 or more years.

The Benefits of a Cantilever Bridge

Like traditional bridges, cantilever bridges can restore your bite and your ability to eat comfortably. They also enable those who would not otherwise qualify for a bridge to receive a fixed restoration. Replacing missing teeth can prevent other teeth from shifting and protect you from misalignment. Of course, bridges also have important cosmetic advantages. A complete smile can renew your confidence and encourage you to smile and laugh freely. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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