Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are prosthetic teeth that are helpful for filling in gaps remaining after the loss of a tooth. Dental bridges only replace the crown part of the tooth. This is the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Some types of dental bridges replace only one tooth, while other types are for the replacement of several teeth. Your dentist can use dental bonding or cement to attach your new dental bridge to your teeth on each side of the gap, firmly anchoring it into place.
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Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can be constructed to appear quite natural, so no one will be able to tell, simply by looking at you, that some of your natural teeth are missing. Properly cared for, your new bridge can last for 15 years or more, allowing you to eat and speak comfortably.

Dental Bridges: Materials

Porcelain makes the most natural-looking choice for a dental bridge. Porcelain and metal bridges are constructed from metals with a covering of porcelain. They are commonly used for back teeth, since they are stronger than bridges made completely from porcelain.

The most affordable type of bridge is made from all metal. But this type is only useful for back teeth because it does not appear natural.

Traditional Bridges

The most common type of dental bridge is known as the traditional bridge. Dental crowns are used on teeth on either side of the gap. A false tooth is used for attachment to the dental crowns.

Cantilever Bridges

This type is attached only to one crown on one side of the gap. More support can sometimes be provided by crowning two or three teeth near the gap. One drawback of cantilever bridges is that they put a good deal of strain on supporting teeth, so they must be inserted and monitored carefully.

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges are directly attached to teeth on either side of the gap. The attached teeth are not covered with dental crowns. This type is only useful when one or two teeth in a row require replacement, and it is typically only employed for missing front teeth.

When considering any type of dental treatment, you should always consider the alternatives.

Dentures

Dentures are less expensive than other solutions like dental implants, but they can also be unstable and uncomfortable. Dentures may shift in the mouth and cause sore spots on the gums.

Partial Dentures

This is a removable type of denture secured with adjacent teeth using clasps. Although partial dentures are less invasive, they are also less stable than dental implants. They may also affect your ability to speak and eat normally.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a superior type of tooth replacement, although they are not for everyone. For example, it is not recommended that an entire set of natural teeth be replaced with implants.

Dental implants are placed securely within the jawbone itself, making them resistant to shifting and slippage. They are also the most durable type of tooth replacement option, with the ability to last for a lifetime if cared for properly.