Dental Bridge Fast Facts
- They are made up of abutment and pontic teeth.
- There are 4 type of dental bridges, traditional, cantilever, maryland, and implant supported bridges.
- Dental bridges or partial dentures can be potentially used as alternatives to dental bridges.
If you have multiple teeth missing next to one another, you may need a dental bridge, as the other teeth can drift out of position. A loss of teeth may result in a change in your bite overtime.
How many types of dental bridges are there?
- Traditional – A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth.
- Cantilever – The pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is secured by a dental crown that is cemented by one abutment tooth.
- Maryland – Maryland dental bridges employ two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap.
- Implant-Supported – These bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks.
Who Needs A Dental Bridge?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew
- Restoring your speech and pronunciation
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
- Preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position
What Does A Dental Bridge Cost?
- Number of teeth needed to fill the gap
- Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin
- Complexity/difficulty of the placement
- Additional treatments for other dental issues, such as gum disease
What does a dental bridge look like?
A typical dental bridge has:
- Abutment Teeth – A dentist will place two dental crowns on the sides of the gap, these anchoring teeth will secure the bridge in place.
- Pontics – These are false tooth or teeth; depending on how long the bridge is, that will fill the gap of the bridge between the abutment teeth.
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Are There Any Alternatives To Dental Bridges?
Are Dental Implants Better Than A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are incredibly common. Dentists have been using them for decades.
Use the same technique for bridges as you would for your other teeth: daily flossing, brushing, and mouthwash.
As long as standard dental hygiene tactics are used a bridge can last as long as it needs to without any risks.
If you go from having missing teeth to a dental bridge, then eating should become easier as you have more teeth to digest the food with.
Your speech may be improved as the structural integrity of your mouth will be enhanced with more supporting teeth.
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