Missing teeth can have many negative consequences on your smile, bite, and your overall oral health. If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge may serve as a good restorative solution.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that works to replace a missing tooth. It is made up of one or more false teeth that will fill in a gap. That false tooth is then placed between two crowns, which will cover the adjacent teeth. The crowns work to anchor the bridge into place, essentially “bridging” the gap in order to improve both the function and structure of your smile.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
There are many reasons you might want to consider getting a dental bridge:
- Restore your normal ability to speak and chew
- Maintain the natural shape of your face
- Restore your smile
- Distribute biting forces properly
- To prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting out of their desired positions
Are There Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are three major types of dental bridges:
- Traditional. These bridges involve the standard implant tooth surrounded by a crown on each side.
- Cantilever bridges. These bridges are used where there is only an adjacent tooth on one side of the gap. They aren’t recommended for the back of the mouth, as they can put too much force onto the teeth, resulting in damage.
- Maryland bonded bridges. These porcelain, plastic, or porcelain fused to metal bridges are supported by either a porcelain or metal framework. Wings made of the same material are often on one side of the bridge before they are bonded onto the existing teeth.
A dental appointment will usually take two appointments – one to prepare the abutment teeth, and one to fit the new bridge. To learn more about dental bridges and our procedure, contact us today.