Bridges and Partial Bridges
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A dental bridge is a dental device that is designed and constructed to bridge the gap between two teeth when one is missing. In a traditional bridge, an artificial tooth, known as a pontic, is held in place by two crowns on either side. This is by far the most common type of bridge. If AAdams Dental Care suggests a bridge, this is most likely the kind they are talking about.
The replacement teeth can be made of a variety of materials, although porcelain is the most common. Bridges can also be attached to implants, which do not rely on natural teeth for support.
When Is A Bridge Needed?
Bridges are relied upon for cosmetic purposes when there is a gap in a person’s smile. If you are missing one or more teeth, it is likely to affect your self-esteem and confidence level. This can hinder your ability to do business and may cause you to withdraw from social interactions. There are common reasons AAdams Dental Care may suggest a bridge to repair a patient’s appearance.
Often loose or decaying teeth require extraction, which will leave missing gaps in a smile. They can also be used to conceal missing teeth due to an accident where teeth are knocked out. Regardless of the cause, missing teeth are often a cause for embarrassment.
.A traditional bridge is used in cases where one to three teeth are missing. If there are more than three teeth missing, a removable bridge, otherwise known as a partial denture, may be in order.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional bridge
- Cantilever bridge
- Maryland bonded bridge
- Removable bridge
While it is great to have options, the traditional bridge and removable bridge are recommended most frequently for a reason. The cantilever bridge is supported by only one crown instead of two and is therefore never recommended for back teeth. Bridges that are supported by implants are the most durable and will last the longest. Implants are quite expensive, but a bridge supported by implants may be the best option if you are missing more than three teeth. If expense is a great factor in your final decision, and you are missing more than three teeth, a removable bridge might better suit your individual needs.
It is best to consult with a professional provider about what type of bridge is best to repair your smile. Contact AAdams Dental Care to set up an appointment today. The specialists there are ready to assist you with all your dental needs.
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