At Dream Smile Dental, we believe that it is important to deliver restorations that restore both function and aesthetics.
A dental bridge is recommended for patients who are missing multiple teeth and do not like the idea of implants or a removable denture. In order to replace teeth with a dental bridge, a patient must have teeth on both sides of the missing area to serve as “anchors.” These anchors are called abutment teeth. The abutment teeth have to be strong enough to support the chewing forces of the teeth that will be replaced. A bridge is fabricated in a similar manner to a dental crown.
Dental Bridges: What You Need to Know About This Tooth Replacement Option
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be the solution for you. Let us explore what dental bridges are, the different types available, the benefits of this tooth replacement option, and how to care for your bridge.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that can be used to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth (or teeth) in between.
Types of Dental Bridges:
Traditional Bridges: This is the most common type of dental bridge, which involves placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in between.
Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they only require one dental crown to support the false tooth.
Maryland Bridges: Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges are made up of a false tooth that is held in place by metal or porcelain wings that are bonded to the back of adjacent teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges:
Improved appearance: Dental bridges can fill in the gaps left by missing teeth, giving you a more natural-looking smile.
Better oral health: Missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of place, leading to problems with your bite and oral health. Bridges can prevent this from happening.
Improved speech and chewing ability: Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak and chew properly. Dental bridges can restore these functions.
Easy maintenance: Bridges are easy to care for, requiring the same brushing and flossing as your natural teeth.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge:
To keep your dental bridge in good condition, it's important to:
Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
Floss daily, making sure to get under the bridge to remove any food particles.
Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that can damage your bridge.
Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Dental bridges are a popular and effective tooth replacement option that can improve your oral health and appearance. By understanding the different types of bridges available, their benefits, and how to care for them, you can make an informed decision about whether this treatment is right for you. Consult with your dentist to see if a dental bridge is a suitable option to restore your smile and oral health.