A tooth bridge is a custom restoration that replaces missing teeth. Dental bridges are named so due to the fact that they “bridge” or seal the gaps created after tooth loss. Bridges restore chewing ability and your smile’s aesthetics. They also stop remaining teeth from drifting into the gaps created by missing teeth.
If you’ve recently experienced tooth loss, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge procedure. Remember, the sooner you replace your teeth, the lower your risk of undergoing long-term tooth loss complications. Some of the problems commonly associated with tooth loss include bone atrophy, bite issues, facial collapse, and reduced self-confidence.
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Dental bridges come in four different types: conventional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges and implant-supported bridges.
Traditional bridges are supported by two teeth, each on either side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges derive their support from a single tooth. You may require a cantilever bridge if you only have one tooth next to the missing tooth or if one adjacent tooth has an existing restoration.
Maryland-bonded bridges consist of a framework of metal or porcelain wings that attach to the underside of adjacent teeth. They are mostly preferred for the front teeth, where using dental crowns may not be ideal.
Lastly, implant-supported bridges require artificial tooth roots or implants for support.
Bridges are usually fixed and can only be removed by a dentist. If you’re not particularly enthusiastic about a fixed bridge, the dentist may recommend a removable bridge, also known as a partial denture. Partial dentures offer a greater degree of flexibility as they can be removed at will. On the downside, a removable bridge may not have as much stability as a fixed bridge.
A dental bridge procedure follows several standard steps as listed below:
Please note that the treatment process may vary slightly depending on the dental bridge in use. For instance, implant-retained bridges require additional steps, including dental implant surgery.
Some notable benefits of dental bridges include:
Dental bridges have a favorable outlook and don’t require extensive care. Still, you must practice helpful habits to ensure a greater lifespan for your restorations. We recommend keeping the following in mind:
Are you missing some of your teeth? A dental bridge procedure can right your smile and help you feel confident again. To enjoy exceptional dental bridges services, please contact Dental Arts of Plymouth today.