Like any ordinary bridge, a dental bridge too ‘bridges the gap’—literally! We understand how difficult it is to lose a tooth or teeth. It takes away that bright, wide smile. But what’s worse is that it makes chewing and talking troublesome too. A dental bridge makes it look like you never lost a tooth.
15 million people in the U.S. have gotten their tooth replaced with a bridge. We’ve listed down all that you need to know about dental bridges before getting a treatment for yourself.
Types of dental bridges
- Traditional bridge:This bridge comprises three pieces. A fake tooth, tightly held in place with the help of two crowns on either side. The entire bridge is then implanted in the gap and takes support from existing anchor teeth. This is the most commonly sought dental bridge treatment.
- Cantilever bridge: This is a rather unusual sort of Bridge because it seeks support from one tooth only. The connecting element called the abutment tooth is only implanted on one side of the missing gap.
- Resin-bonded bridge: Also known as the Maryland Bridge, this one is needed when you lose one of your front teeth. A plastic tooth is attached to either sides of the gap with the help of a metal or porcelain wing instead of a dental crown. This one is comparatively cheaper than the other two types and also requires minimum re-contouring.
Procedure of implanting dental bridges
- Usually two dental visits are needed
- On the first visit, a mold or the abutment tooth is constructed.
- Your existing teeth are re-contoured. This involves removing a bit of tooth enamel to make enough room for the bridge.
- You’ll be made to wear a temporary bridge while the new one is being prepared.
- On the second visit, the fake bridge will be replaced with the porcelain bridge.
- Crowns are usually used to cement the bridge to either of its sides.
Benefits of a dental bridge
- Restores your face structure
- You can smile confidently again
- Makes chewing food convenient
- They last very long—almost 5–15 years.
- Evenly spread force on all teeth for biting
- They’re light-weight and don’t feel any different from normal teeth
If you’re based in Bethesda, MA, we’re here to help restore your smile and confidence. At Bethesda Dental Health, we provide dental bridge implantation services.
To get that tooth-gap filled, you can request for an appointment online. We are also available on phone-call. You can also call at (301)6541887.