Dental Bridges Abridged
There are many ways to restore a broken or damaged smile; dental bridges can provide an attractive and permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental bridges can be implemented to replace one or more missing teeth and provide you with a natural looking smile. This dental implant is called a “bridge” because it provides a bridge between teeth. It is connected to the surrounding existing teeth to fill an otherwise empty space.
Dental bridges are a simple, effective, and attractive way to take care of missing teeth, but there are actually quite a few different types of bridges. The four major types are as follows:
To use this type of bridge, there must be natural teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth are then filed down slightly to fit crowns over them so that the bridge can be firmly attached in between them.
Cantilever bridges are only supported by a single crown instead of one on each side. These types are desirable because it means one less tooth that is fitted with a crown, but it is not as common because the lack of support to the bridge can sometimes cause complications.
The Maryland bridge is supported by a framework that is fitted behind the natural teeth. It is desirable because you don’t need to file down your teeth or fit them with crowns in order to secure the bridge in place. The framework can even be tooth-colored for an almost completely natural-looking tooth replacement.
This type of implant is usually implemented when more than one tooth is missing. An implant can usually be placed for each missing tooth, and then the bridge can be secured to those implants.
Dental crowns do more than just restore your smile; they can also be used to help prevent bad bites, gum disease, and TMJ disorder.