Advantages of Dental Bridges
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
- Help you maintain your face shape
- Properly distribute your bite
- Prevent your natural teeth from drifting out of place
- Are esthetic, functional, predictable, reliable
- Less costly than dental implants
When a Bridge is NeededDental health is the most important reason to get a dental bridge but many individuals also get dental bridges for appearance. A dental bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. Teeth are designed to complement each other so when teeth are missing unusual stress is placed on the gums and other oral tissues which can cause a number of potentially harmful disorders and can cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Dental bridges can be permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable.
- Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
- Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
How Dental Bridges Work
|1. Bridges are prescribed for missing teeth.
|2. The adjacent teeth are prepared by eliminating tooth structure.
|3. After fabrication, the bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.
|4. Bridges restore the natural beauty and health of teeth.
Types of Dental BridgesThere are 3 main types of dental bridges.
- Traditional dental bridges -These types of bridges consist of dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth with a replacement tooth in between.
- Cantilever dental bridges – These bridges are used when there is only an adjacent tooth on one side of the missing tooth. These are prescribed infrequently.
- Resin-bonded dental bridges – These bridges are made of porcelain or plastic teeth and gums supported by a porcelain framework. Porcelain wings on either side of the bridge are bonded to your teeth.