What are bridges?
Bridges are dental appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of prosthetic teeth anchored in place by one or more of your healthy teeth next to the gap.
Your bridge can be made of several different materials, but most people choose one that looks like their natural teeth, like porcelain.
What are the different types of bridges?
There are several types of bridges available. Dr. Nahlah chooses the type for your situation based on the number of remaining teeth you have and the position of your gap. The four main types of bridges are:
Traditional bridges, also called fixed bridges, have crowns on both sides of the prosthetic tooth that are cemented onto the teeth nearest the gap. It’s the most popular type of dental bridge because it’s durable and can be placed anywhere in your mouth.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but are only anchored to one tooth on one side of the gap. Dr. Nahlah recommends cantilever bridges for patients with healthy teeth on just one side of their missing tooth.
Maryland bridges attach to teeth on both sides of the gap but do not use crowns to do so. Instead, Maryland bridges have porcelain or metal frameworks on either side of the prosthetic tooth that attach to the backs of the supportive teeth.
Implant-supported bridges do not use the support of nearby teeth to keep the prosthetic tooth in place. Instead, they’re attached to dental implants that have been surgically placed in your jawbone.
What are the benefits of getting bridges?
Dental bridges are a great option to replace your missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they stay in place and allow you to use your mouth as you would naturally. Bridges are beneficial for your oral health and functioning because they:
- Hold the shape of your face
- Keep your remaining teeth from drifting into the gap
- Help you speak clearly
- Restore your full smile
- Redistribute the forces of your bite
Additionally, Dr. Nahlah uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to create custom bridges to fit comfortably in your mouth. Moreover, they look natural and can be matched to the color of your remaining teeth.
Getting a dental bridge after losing one or more teeth can restore your confidence and keep your mouth healthy. To explore your options for bridges, call Dental Group of Tysons or book your appointment online today.