If your teeth are missing, your dentist can use bridges to fill or bridge your smile. A dental bridge is a type of artificial tooth (called a bridge tooth), which is fixed in place by the abutment teeth on both sides of the gap. Although bridges can be made of a variety of materials, such as gold, they are usually made of porcelain and can blend perfectly with natural teeth.
The main four types of dental bridges are :
1. Traditional dental bridge Traditional dental bridges consist of one or more dentures, which are fixed in place by a crown that has been glued to each abutment. A traditional dental bridge is the most popular type of dental bridge. When you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap caused by missing teeth, you can use a traditional dental bridge.
2. Maryland Dental Bridge Similar to traditional dental bridges, Maryland dental bridges uses two natural abutments, each of which is sutured on each side of the gap. However, the traditional bridge uses crowns on the abutment teeth, while the Maryland abutment uses a metal or porcelain frame to bond the back of the abutment teeth. Just like traditional bridges, Maryland bridges can only be used when there are natural teeth on each side of the tooth gap due to missing or missing teeth.
3. Cantilever bridge Although similar to traditional bridges, the bridges in cantilever bridges is held in place by a crown that is glued to only one abutment. For cantilever bridges, you only need to insert a natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap.
4. Implant-supported bridge As the name suggests, the implant-supported bridge uses dental implants instead of crowns or frames. Usually, each missing tooth is surgically implanted with an implant that holds the bridge in place. If it is not possible to place an implant for each missing tooth, the bridge may hang between the crowns supported by the two implants.
How much does the dental bridge cost?
There are many variables that affect prices, including:
- A number of teeth required to fill the gap.
- Materials used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered with resin
- Placement complexity/difficulty’
- Other treatments for other dental problems, such as gum disease
Dental bridge Vs dental implant
Many dental insurance plans cover bridges, and many plans now also cover implants. Dental bridges may need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years, depending on proper care, and implants are considered a permanent solution. There are several factors that can shorten the life of all types of bridges, including implants, such as dental hygiene.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
When your teeth are missing or missing, it affects you in many ways. Dental bridges can address these changes, including:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to chew properly
- Restore voice and pronunciation
- Keep face Readjust the bite when chewing to properly distribute the force
- Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of the correct position
If you have missing teeth, you can discuss different replacement methods with your dentist. There are many benefits to using a bridge, and you should consider many factors, including cost, before making a decision.