What is a Dental Bridge?
Are you missing a tooth? If so, then you are not alone. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult has at least three missing or decayed teeth. With modern medical practices, there are many options to solve this issue. For instance, dentists can fill the gaps in your smile by using dental bridges. Bridges are anchored to adjacent teeth, and are capable of being removed and fixed. The type of dental bridge varies depending on your mouth, personal needs, and dentist’s recommendations.
Types of Dental Bridges:
- TRADITIONAL: These are the most common type of bridges, which involves two crowns. By creating a crown on each side of the missing tooth, this bridge fills the gap.
- CANTILEVER: This method requires only one crown for support. Because of this, it can be considered a less intensive procedure.
- MARYLAND BONDED : Also referred to as resin-bonded bridge. As a less invasive procedure, this dental bridge is anchored by frameworks to the back of teeth on each side of a gap. Typically, this method can preserve healthy teeth, and is often recommended for replacing teeth at the front of the mouth. Because it does not use crowns, it is considered to be less secure and durable.
- IMPLANT-SUPPORTED: This method is similar to other bridges. However instead of using natural teeth, it uses dental implants for support. By using implants as anchors, this invasive bridge typically has a higher price but is more secure.
Dental Bridge Care & Maintenance
Like most dental procedures, every type of bridge comes with a commitment to good oral care. While most bridges are good for five to seven years, they have the potential to last 10 or more years with good oral hygiene. Speak with your dentist for more tips and advice on how to properly maintain your bridge.
Benefits of Bridges
Missing teeth can affect you in a number of ways. However, dental bridges can address those issues by doing the following:
- Restore your smile
- Maintain your face’s shape
- Regain the ability to properly chew
- Adjust your bite
- Improve your pronunciation and speech
- Prevent teeth from moving