What Are Dental Bridges?
Bridges can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth. They are typically made from porcelain because they appear more natural in the patient’s mouth. Porcelain bridges blend in better with the rest of the natural teeth. Bridges are held in place by securing them to two healthy teeth on either side of the gap where the patient’s tooth used to be. In most cases, bridges are removable, which allows the patient to take care of the gum tissue in the empty space. It also allows them to better take care of the dental appliance.
There are some cases where bridges are permanently secured in the patient’s mouth. Some patients consider it a benefit and would rather brush and floss their bridge as if it was a natural part of their oral cavity than remove it each night.
Any patients who have lost teeth and who are interested in getting a bridge to fill the space should come to our office to find out more. We are located at Artistic Dental. We can perform an evaluation and make recommendations based on your individual situation.
Are There Different Types of Bridges?
Bridges are quite common. Most everyone knows someone who has had a bridge placed by their dentist. Even though this may be true, many people are unaware there is more than one kind of bridge. Believe it or not, there are actually four types of bridges. To determine which bridge would best work for any given patient, an evaluation needs to be done.
The most common bridge employed by dental professionals is the traditional bridge. It is held securely in the mouth by an abutment, which is secured to healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space in the mouth.
The cantilever bridge might sound complicated but is identical to the traditional bridge with the exception that a single tooth holds it in place rather than two. This bridge is generally used for those patients who have a limited number of healthy teeth remaining in their oral cavity.
Modeled after the traditional bridge, the Maryland bridge also requires two teeth on either side of the vacated space. However, it is held in place by a metal framework that is fused securely to the abutment teeth. This is far more secure than either the traditional or the cantilever bridge.
While the Maryland bridge is considered far more secure than either the traditional or the cantilever bridge, the most stable bridge is known as a dental implant-supported bridge. It does not require healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space. It is attached to dental implants which are inserted into the patient’s jawbone. This particular type of bridge requires multiple appointments and is considerably more expensive than the other types of bridges.
Those patients considering a bridge should contact our office to have an assessment done to determine the best course of action. Patients can find our office located at Artistic Dental. We can also be reached by phone at this number: (848) 222-3984. Give us a call today so we can get your treatment started.