Dental Bridge Fast Facts
- They are made up of abutment and pontic teeth.
- There is 4 type of dental bridges, traditional, cantilever, maryland, and implant-supported bridges.
- Dental bridges or partial dentures can be potentially used as alternatives to dental bridges.
What Is A Dental Bridge?A dental bridge is a grouping of interconnected crowns. The crowns will be made to look similar to your existing teeth so they will blend in easier if possible. They are usually made out of zirconia, or porcelain that is fused to metal depending on what the dentist will recommend.
If you have multiple teeth missing next to one another, you may need a dental bridge, as the other teeth can drift out of position. A loss of teeth may result in a change in your bite over time.
How Many Types Of Dental Bridges Are There?
- Traditional – A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth.
- Cantilever – The pontic in a cantilever dental bridge is secured by a dental crown that is cemented by one abutment tooth.
- Maryland – Maryland dental bridges employ two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap.
- Implant-Supported – These bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks.
Who Needs A Dental Bridge?
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew
- Restore your speech and pronunciation
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
- Preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position
What Does A Dental Bridge Cost?
- Number of teeth needed to fill the gap
- Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin
- Complexity/difficulty of the placement
- Additional treatments for other dental issues, such as gum disease
A typical dental bridge has:
- Abutment Teeth – A dentist will place two dental crowns on the sides of the gap, these anchoring teeth will secure the bridge in place.
- Pontics – These are false teeth; depending on how long the bridge is, that will fill the gap of the bridge between the abutment teeth.
Are There Any Alternatives To Dental Bridges?
Are Dental Implants Better Than A Dental Bridge?
Frequently Asked Questions
Dental bridges are incredibly common. Dentists have been using them for decades.
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