TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGE
Dental bridges are one of the most applied solutions to replace missing teeth; but is there only one type of dental bridge or are there different types of dental bridge?
Types of dental bridges:
- Standard dental bridge – This type of dental bridge is created by putting two crowns on either side of the gap missing tooth). The middle of the bridge holds the false tooth. Basically, the crowns slide over the teeth on either side of the gap and the false tooth fits snugly into the gap between those teeth, bridging your smile. These are typically made out of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal and are the most common type of dental bridge.
- Cantilever bridge – If the gap caused by a missing tooth does not have teeth on either side of it, this bridge will allow you to fill the gap if teeth are only on one side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland or Bonded bridge– This type of dental bridge is a porcelain-bonded bridge. this particular bridge comes with porcelain wings that are bonded to the natural teeth and is a more conservative option. Because very little adjacent tooth structure needs to be removed, this type of bridge is used in a limited amount of cases.
What are the advantages of a dental bridge?
When a patient has lost multiple teeth, the impact is often significant. Missing teeth make it difficult to perform the normal functions of the mouth, including speech and chewing.
In addition, missing teeth affect a person’s overall appearance, which can reduce their confidence.
When several teeth are lost, the supporting bone starts to undergo a resorption or shrinking process that may end in collapsing the area and affecting the adjacent teeth.
A dental bridge is a cost-effective means of replacing missing teeth and gives patients the ability to maintain the shape of their face and properly distribute the force used to chew food. In addition, having bridgework completed can arrest any positional drift of the remaining natural teeth.
Dental bridges can replace missing teeth offering a very aesthetic result.
Our specialists at Dental Medellin are now using the latest technologies and materials to create highly resistant, durable and aesthetic dental bridges.
Dental bridges are one of the most affordable options for replacing lost teeth, which is why many people seek bridgework over more permanent solutions.
How is a dental bridge done?
The process of creating a dental bridge begins with a comprehensive oral and dental examination of the patient’s overall dental health.
Our specialist discusses with our patient all the possible alternatives of treatment to replace their missing teeth. Together they determine, based on anatomical, functional, aesthetic and other conditions, that a dental bridge is a viable solution.
First the patient will have the teeth on each side of the gap prepared, which involves reshaping the teeth and removing a portion of the enamel so a crown, can be placed over the remaining tooth structure, serving as a pillar for the replacing tooth or teeth.
A silicon or digital impression of the teeth is then taken to be sent to the specialized lab where the bridge will be crafted.
Once the device is received, the patient will return for installation, which includes placing the bridge in position and bonding it permanently to the prepared pillar natural teeth.
In some cases, patients will return to have the biting checked and adjusted, as needed.
Disadvantages of dental bridges
Although a dental bridge may be a permanent solution for most patients who have lost one or more teeth, in some cases the gums may recede exposing the margins of the bridge and roots.
Hygiene in the areas surrounding the dental bridge must be done carefully by the patient to prevent the collection of residues.
In the case when the patient loses more teeth, the remaining natural teeth are likely to shift, which will impact the fit and positioning of the bridge.
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