Dental Bridges

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If you are missing one or more teeth, then dental bridges are an excellent way to swap the missing teeth and bring back your smile. Bridges are usually made of ceramic or porcelain, and they are attached to the existing teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth.  This gives them extra support and makes them more durable.

What are the benefits of dental bridges? Dental bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Make it easier to eat and speak
  • Prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place
  • Restore the shape of your face

The dental bridge look, feel, and functions like your natural teeth and can last for many years, with proper care. 

Types Of Dental Bridges

There are different types of dental bridges, and the type that is best for you will depend on several factors, including:

  • The number of teeth you are missing
  • The location of the missing teeth
  • The condition of your existing teeth
  • Your bite
  • Your personal preferences

The four popular dental bridges types include:

Cantilever bridge:  This type of bridge is usually used when there are healthy teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. It is not common nowadays because it puts extra stress on the anchoring teeth and can damage them over time.

Traditional bridge: This type involves developing an implant on both sides of the tooth or the crowns that will support the bridge. It is the most common type of dental bridge because it evenly distributes the chewing force and is very strong.

Implant-supported bridge:  This type of bridge is supported by dental implants, rather than natural teeth. It is a good option if you are missing multiple teeth in a row. The implants are placed in the jawbone, and then the bridge is attached to them.

Resin-bonded bridge or Maryland dental bridge:  This type of bridge is made of a metal framework with plastic teeth and gums. It is bonded to the back of existing teeth with metal bands. It is not as strong as other types of bridges and is usually only used to replace a front tooth.

Treatments

Dental bridges are recommended for people who are missing one or more teeth and for those who have 

  • Decayed teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Periodontal disease

Missing teeth can cause several problems, including

  • Shifting of the remaining teeth
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Decreased self-esteem

Dental bridges are an excellent option to replace the missing teeth and help enhance your oral health.

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