If you have missing teeth, then a bridge could be one of the best options for you. As the name would suggest, it ‘bridges’ the gap between your existing teeth, with false teeth attached to the bridge in order to fill any gaps that might be left. In this way, you can get a full mouth of teeth without anyone ever needing to know that you even had a gap in the first place.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
There are a number of benefits to dental bridges including:
Improving a smile that you may have been self-conscious about for a long time
Giving you the ability to chew food naturally, meaning you don’t have to cut out any specific food types anymore
The shape of your face as a whole will be maintained
The teeth that you have remaining will be kept in place, rather than being allowed to drift into a gap left by missing teeth
What kind of dental bridges will my dentist choose from?
On the whole, there are three types of bridges that can be used, and your dentist will make an informed decision about which one would be the best for you. The bridge types are as follows:
TRADITIONAL BRIDGES: these will require you to have a crown placed on the tooth either side of the gap, in order to hold the false tooth in place.
MARYLAND BOND BRIDGES: these are made from porcelain and will be supported by a framework, which is usually made from metal. There will be bonded to your existing teeth, but often only on one side.
CANTILEVER BRIDGES: this is the best option where there are only adjacent teeth on one side. This is usually only used in the front of the mouth, as there is too much pressure when used on the teeth at the back.
IMPLANT SUPPORT BRIDGES: may be used as alternatives to traditional bridges. If the adjacent teeth to your missing tooth are in poor condition or if you have multiple teeth missing in a row, an implant supported bridge might be best to fill this space.Rather than being supported by crowns, implant-supported bridges are secured by a titanium implant in the gum tissue. This type of solution creates natural, healthy results with a firm, sturdy bridge