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Want To Restore Your Smile? Check Out Dental Bridges

by | Dec 14, 2021 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Oral Health

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Replacing missing teeth is possible in a variety of ways. One option is dental bridges. When there is a space between two healthy teeth, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge. Two or more crowns anchor the false tooth in between on each side.

Types of dental bridges

There are four types of dental bridges. The type of dental bridge recommended by your dentist will depend on the placement of the tooth. Whether you have just one or more missing teeth is another factor. Your dental health is also essential to determine which bridge can best fill the gap.

  • Traditional dental bridges

Each side of the bridge has a dental crown to support it. Traditional bridges use porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, or all metal. A dental bridge involves filing down the two teeth next to the false tooth so the crown fits appropriately. The traditional dental bridge replaces the back teeth, like the premolars and molars.

  • Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges use porcelain fused to metal. To support a tooth on either side of the bridge, you need one natural tooth. Also, the dentist needs to prepare a crown to cover the damaged tooth. The cantilever bridge is only suitable for front teeth.

  • Maryland bridges

Also known as resin-bonded bridges. Like traditional dental bridges, resin-bonded bridges also require a pair of natural teeth on either side of the false tooth. However, conventional bridges use dental crowns instead. Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain frame bonded on the backs of the supporting teeth.

  • Implant-supported bridges

As opposed to previous types, this one relies on a dental implant. An implant replaces a missing tooth. If you have at least three missing back teeth, your dentist may recommend this type of bridge.

Dental bridges: how to care for them

At first, it may take a little while to get used to having your dental bridges in your mouth. In the beginning, you may not want to eat anything but soft, small pieces of food. Avoid biting down too hard on your food and avoid chewing ice with your dental bridges

Maintaining or improving your dental health routine is essential. Having a regular dental cleaning schedule is also needed. Keeping a plan with your dentist can help with early diagnosis, should any problems arise.

Dentalridges need to be replaced every five to fifteen years, depending on dental care. Proper dental hygiene can extend the life of your dental bridges.

Dental bridges cost

The cost of dental bridges differs on the type you will be needing. Here are some of the things that factor into the price of getting dental bridges:

  • Bridge size or number of bridges required
  • Implants may also be necessary
  • Materials
  • Teeth’s condition
  • Lab fees and X-rays

Schedule an appointment

If you’re considering dental bridges to restore some of your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic. Our London dentist will gladly discuss your dental bridge options. For a check-up and an estimate on dental bridges, contact us today.

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