What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a lightweight dental restoration that needs a short time to get used to. Moreover, as the bridge is a fixed device, it doesn’t require periodic removal and special cleaning. Dental bridges can help you to:
- Save your natural smile and face shape
- Provide chewing comfort
- Save normal speaking ability
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting
- Form the right bite
- Prevent from jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Decrease the chance of gum diseases
There are several types of dental bridges depending on the manner of fixing.
- Traditional Bridges
This is the most common type of bridge. Traditional bridges are used when a patient has original teeth or implants on both sides of a gap. The procedure of getting a traditional bridge involves creating crowns on the teeth or implants on both sides of the missing tooth with a so-called pontic (replacement tooth) in between.
- Maryland Bridges
Maryland bridges are also called resin-bonded bridges. They are made of plastic teeth and gums with a metal framework. The bridge is bonded to surrounding teeth with the help of metal wings. Supporting teeth remain almost untouchable by a Maryland bridge. There is no need to trim them down in order to place the crown. A Maryland bridge is a good option for those who are missing a front tooth.
- Cantilever Bridges
This type of bridge provides support for pontic only on one side of the missing tooth. The cantilever bridge is the option in the following situations: when a patient doesn’t have teeth on both sides of the toothless breach; because of aesthetics, it is not desirable to prepare teeth on both sides; the abutment tooth already supports other bridge.