The purpose of a dental bridge is to fill in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more crowns or implants on either side of the gap and false teeth in between them. If you have an embarrassing gap caused by a missing tooth, a bridge may be the right solution for you. Typically, bridges are made of porcelain, which blends in with your other teeth and looks natural.
Bridges come in a variety of types. What type of bridge is recommended will depend on how many teeth are missing and if you have natural teeth on both sides.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges have two anchoring crowns on either side of the replacement tooth. The most common type of bridge is used when there are natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
Cantilever bridges are used when adjacent teeth are present only on one side of the missing tooth. These types of bridges are not used as much as they used to be, and they are not as prevalent as other options. In addition to putting too much pressure on other teeth, cantilever bridges can also damage them.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
This type of bridge attaches metal or porcelain wings to the existing teeth. A Maryland bridge is made of porcelain or porcelain fused with metal.
Implant Supported Bridge
A dental implant supports this type of bridge, which is similar to a traditional bridge. Implants are inserted into the jaw and bridges are attached above the gum line. This type of bridge prevents bone loss and has an advantage over other types. Compared to other bridge options, implant-supported bridges are the most stable. It takes longer to insert the implant and requires surgery.
What Are the Advantages Of Dental Bridges?
- Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges is an effective method. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, bridges help restore the function of the mouth.
- Maintains the structure of the mouth and holds teeth in place to prevent shifting and bite problems. Maintains the structure of the mouth and holds teeth in place to prevent shifting and bite problems.
- Maintains facial structure and reduces bone loss.
- The tooth feels natural and comfortable in the mouth.
- It does not need to be removed for cleaning. Daily brushing and flossing are recommended for bridges just as for natural teeth.
Looking To Find Out More?
Our office offers consultation for anyone interested in finding out if bridges are right for them. A dental bridge is an affordable and reliable solution for missing teeth. We can help you achieve the perfect smile!
Contact our office to schedule your consultation. We will be happy to assist you.