Dental Bridge

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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.