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Types and Benefits of Bridges

According to the Babylon Dental Care clinic, “A bridge is a great solution for replacing missing teeth. It can be constructed from metal, all-porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain. You can either choose from a fixed bridge or a removable bridge. Once our trained dentists evaluate your teeth and gums, we will decide which type of bridge is best suited for your dental needs.

Your new smile will once again look aesthetically pleasing and natural looking, too! You can expect your bridge to last anywhere between 10-20 years, depending on your at-home oral hygiene care and your regular visits with our hygienists.”

Dental bridges are most beneficial to anyone who is missing a tooth or several teeth. Dental bridges, which are also known as pontics, are actually false teeth that are fused between a couple of porcelain crowns, to fill in toothless areas. Besides this, dental bridges also help lessen threats of gum disease; these also help to improve speech.

A bridge may be done directly in a patient’s mouth or out-of-the mouth. It is made to fit a patient’s mouth naturally, casting an appearance of a complete set of teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that there are four types of dental bridges that a dentist may recommend:

  1. Traditional Dental Bridges. This most popular kind of bridge consists of one or more pontics or fake teeth. These are held in place by dental crowns, also called abutments, which are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Traditional bridges, however, can only be used if the teeth on both sides of the gap are natural. Their strength though makes it possible to replace even molars.
  1. Cantilever Bridges. These are very similar to traditional bridges, except for the fact that the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side. This type of bridge makes it possible if there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap.Since the support is only on one side, however, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that this type of bridge may eventually lead to complications, such as loosened crowns or fractured teeth.
  1. Maryland Bridges. An alternative to traditional bridges, Maryland bridges consist of a pontic held in place by a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded on the backs of the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need not to be filed (as in the case of traditional bridges) since this type of bridge is not held in place by crowns, but by resin.
  1. Implant-Supported Bridges. This type of bridge is the option if there is more than one tooth missing. Dental implants, instead of crowns or frameworks, are used to support Implant-Supported bridges. One implant is usually placed for every missing tooth; thus, the bridge is held in place by a series of implants.

Whatever type of bridge you choose, you are sure to enjoy the following: restoration of your smile; restoration of your ability to properly chew and speak; and, you will maintain the shape of your face.

 

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