The process of getting a dental bridge varies depending on what type of bridge we decide is best for your oral health. The different types of dental bridges include:
Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges fill the gap in your smile with a replacement tooth supported by crowns on either side, bonded to the abutment teeth.
Cantilever bridges: These types of bridges use the same process as traditional bridges, but only require one abutment tooth for support.
Maryland bridges: These forms of dental bridges require two abutment teeth, but instead of crowns, use a frame bonded to the back of the abutment teeth.
Dental implant-supported bridges: These types of bridges utilize dental implants to stabilize and secure the dental bridges, and are considered one of the strongest solutions to missing teeth. Two surgeries are required to implant the anchors into your jawbone and to secure the bridge to the healed anchors.
All bridges are customized to your mouth, giving you the most natural smile possible. Most tooth replacements are made from ceramic and porcelain to match the rest of your existing teeth.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Bridges help fill in the gaps of missing teeth in your smile, though they are far from only aesthetic dental procedures. When you have a missing tooth — whether from a dental extraction treatment or an accident — it is important to replace it for a variety of factors, including:
Chewing: There’s no reason to miss out on your favorite foods because you have trouble eating. A missing tooth can reduce your ability to chew — and can even do damage to the rest of your teeth because of an improperly distributed force of your bite.
Speaking: Depending on which tooth is missing, the gap could cause difficulty in pronouncing certain words, or even the development of impediments like lisps.
Face shape: Depending on its position in your mouth, losing a tooth could affect the shape of your face, affecting the symmetry or causing your cheek to cave inward.
Alignment: When you lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth are more likely to move out of alignment to try to fill the gap. This could lead to pain and discomfort, as well as crooked teeth that may make you less likely to smile freely, affecting your self-esteem and mental health.
How are Dental Bridges Maintained?
Practicing good dental hygiene at home is important for maintaining your dental bridge. Brush twice a day and floss every day, and try to rinse with water after eating. Make sure you come in for your regular checkups so we can make sure your dental bridge is in good working condition. With the proper care, you can expect to have your dental bridge for about a decade before requiring maintenance on it.
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What a great team! From the moment you walk in you feel comfortable and are greeted with a “Hello” and a smile. When they are working on your teeth, they take their time to explain what they are doing. I highly recommend this office and tell people about the awesome team they have! -James S.
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When we opened in 2016, it was our mission to serve our community with friendly, comfortable, convenient care. Now, we are continually committed to providing our families the very best dental services. With a small-town feel and cutting-edge technology, we combine personalized service and the most effective treatment possible.