What To Know About Dental Bridges

December 3, 2019

Reports show that young adults have, on an average of 3 decayed or missing teeth. If you have a missing tooth, you are not alone because many people face the same problem as you. Fortunately, there are several options to combat gaps caused by missing teeth and one of the more popular choices include dental bridges. There are mainly 4 different types of dental bridges that you need to know, so read on to find out more about dental bridges before signing up for them.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Commonly seen and being one of the most popular type of dental bridge, these aesthetic centered solutions are attached to the next available tooth beside your missing ones by cement. These bridges are so strong it can replace molars and can be considered when you have natural tooth on both sides of the gaps. One downside of traditional bridge is that dentist need to remove the enamel of the teeth beside in order to make space for the crowns that will be cemented above, and since enamel is not replenished naturally, the teeth will always need to be protected by crowns.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are no strangers to many and it can be used when one has several tooth missing. Instead of supporting it with frameworks or crowns, it can be supported by dental implant, as the name suggests. Every implant is typically used for every missing tooth to hold the bridge in place. However, pontic may be suspended between two crowns that are supported by implants if it is not a viable option to plant an implant for every lost tooth. You can rest assured that this option provides security and comfort just as any natural teeth would make one feel. However, this procedure includes two surgeries as one is required to place the implants while the second, to place the bridge. Additionally, it is less time effective to complete the bridging procedure.

Maryland Bridges

Considered to be more conservative compared to the traditional bridges, this solution consists of a pontic that is held in place by porcelain framework or by metal. It is bonded onto the backs of two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, but an adjacent tooth does not need to go through file as it is not held in place by crowns. However, just as every solution has its pros; it has its cons too. The strength of this bridge is limited by how strong the resin is to hold it in place so it might provide less security in areas of the mouth where teeth is subjected to a lot of biting force.

Cantilever Bridges

Similar to traditional bridges, the pontic is supported by the abutment on just one side instead of both sides. The bridge, however, can still be secured even if there is only one natural tooth beside the gap. Because these aesthetic restorations are only supported on a single side, dental bridges may act as a lever in certain cases, which also may lead to complications such as loosened crowns or fractured teeth.

There are many options for dental restorations, and these restoration solutions are more than aesthetic.  Make an appointment with your dentist for a friendly consultation for a bigger, fresher and confident smile.

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