A dental bridge can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth.
Most of the time, they are made from porcelain because they look more natural in the patient's mouth, blending in better with the rest of the teeth.
Bridges are secured in the patient's mouth by attaching them to healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
In many cases, bridges are removable which allows the patient to better care for the empty space and the appliance.
In other cases, bridges can be made permanent. For some patients that is a big benefit to not have to take them in and out and clean them appropriately.
They would rather brush and floss them every day as a permanent part of their oral cavity like the rest of their teeth.
Any patient who is missing teeth and interested in finding out if bridges are a viable solution should come to see us at our Bonnie & Simone office.
We can perform a quick examination and determine what the best course of action is given your current situation.
What Are the Different Types of Bridges?
Most patients have heard about bridges and likely know someone who has had one placed. While this may be true, most people fail to realize that there is more than one type of bridge.
There are actually four different kinds of bridges. Each one is chosen for different reasons. The only way for us to determine which bridge is best suited for a given patient is by performing an evaluation.
A traditional bridge is the most commonly used bridge and is held in place by what is called an abutment which is secured to the healthy teeth on either side of the vacated space.
Identical to the traditional bridge, the cantilever bridge uses just a single tooth to hold its place rather than two. This can be quite helpful for those patients who have limited healthy teeth remaining in the oral cavity.
The Maryland bridge is modeled after the traditional bridge. It uses two teeth on either side of the vacated space as well.
The only difference is instead of being held in place by crowns, the bridge is held in place by a metal framework which fuses to the abutment teeth.
The most stable of all dental bridges, the dental implant-supported bridge does not use teeth on either side of the space but rather dental implants which are embedded into the jawbone of the patient.
While this is by far the most stable of all bridges, it is also the most expensive and the most invasive of all dental bridge types.
It also takes multiple appointments to complete the placement process. This is because implants are placed in stages.
Any patient who is interested in bridges should come into our Bonnie & Simone office. We can also be reached by calling the following number (757) 540-1028. Call us today to get your appointment on the books.