Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) that fills in the gap. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Types of dental bridges
There are several different types of dental bridges, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common type of bridge is the traditional fixed bridge. This type of bridge consists of a crown on either side of the gap, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are strong and durable, and they can be made to match the color and appearance of your natural teeth.
Another type of bridge is the cantilever bridge. This type of bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. Cantilever bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges, but they can be a good option for people who have limited tooth replacement options.
Maryland bonded bridges (also called resin-bonded bridges or Maryland bridges) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Maryland bonded bridges are less invasive than traditional bridges, but they are not as strong or durable.
Implant-supported bridges are the most durable type of bridge, but they are also the most expensive. This type of bridge is used when there are no natural teeth on either side of the gap. Implant-supported bridges use dental implants to support the bridge.
Benefits of dental bridges
Dental bridges offer a number of benefits, including:
- They can improve your appearance by filling in the gaps in your smile.
- They can restore your ability to chew and speak properly.
- They can help to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
- They can help to maintain the structure of your face.
Risks and disadvantages of dental bridges
Dental bridges are generally safe and effective, but there are some risks and disadvantages associated with this procedure. These include:
- The need to prepare the abutment teeth for crowns. This involves removing some of the tooth enamel.
- The possibility of developing cavities under the crowns.
- The possibility of the bridge becoming loose or falling out.
- The possibility of gum disease around the abutment teeth.
Cost of dental bridges
The cost of a dental bridge will vary depending on the type of bridge you choose, the materials used, and the number of teeth being replaced. In general, dental bridges are more expensive than dentures, but they are also more durable and longer-lasting.
Procedure for getting a dental bridge
The procedure for getting a dental bridge typically takes two appointments. During the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth for crowns and take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will be used to create the crowns and pontic for your bridge.
At the second appointment, your dentist will place the crowns and pontic on your teeth. The bridge will be cemented into place, and you will leave your dentist’s office with a new smile.