Your Guide To Getting Dental Bridges

If you have missing teeth, you may have a partial denture. However, dental bridges are an alternative that offers many benefits. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

What Are the Types of Dental Bridges?

There are multiple types of dental bridges, including:

  • Traditional bridges
  • Cantilever bridges
  • Maryland bonded bridges

All three use nearby teeth to support the bridge. However, traditional and cantilever bridges use dental crowns for support, and Maryland bonded bridges are bonded to nearby teeth. Traditional bridges have support crowns on each side, and cantilever bridges only have a crown on one side.

In addition, you can ask about implant-supported dentures, which use titanium implants to support the bridge. This makes them more durable, and the titanium roots help stimulate the jawbone.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

There are many benefits of dental bridges. First, if you have missing teeth, the rest of your teeth may shift to fill in part of the gap. This can affect your bite and smile. Second, replacing a missing tooth may reduce damage to the gum tissue from food.

In addition, dental bridges are usually better than dentures because they are permanent. This does not mean they will last forever, and even with good care, you may need to replace your dental bridge. However, unlike dentures, you can't remove the bridge. This means you don't have to worry about it slipping or moving when eating and talking.

Who Can Benefit from a Dental Bridge?

If you have one or two missing teeth, a dental bridge may be a good choice. However, in most cases, it's not ideal if you have a lot of missing teeth. This can put too much pressure on the bridge and the teeth that support the bridge. However, if you choose an implant-supported bridge, the implants are usually strong enough to support multiple missing teeth.

Dental bridges may also not be a good idea if the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are too weak to support the bridge. Gum disease can also make the gums and jawbone too weak to support the bridge and teeth in general.  

Dental bridges are a great option for tooth replacement. If you want a more durable option, an implant-supported bridge is a great idea, but even a traditional bridge can help. If you would like to know more about dental bridges, contact a dentist.