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Dental Health: Bridges

Dental Health: Bridges

Dental bridges mean bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth that are supported by natural teeth or dental implants. A bridge is made up of two crowns which are called abutment teeth and false teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Helps in restoring your smile, ability to chew and speak
  • Maintain facial structure and teeth from drifting out of position

What Types of Dental Bridges Are Available?

There are three types of bridges

  • Traditional bridges

A crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth which is made of metal or ceramics.

  • Cantilever bridges

It is used when there are adjacent teeth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

  • Maryland bonded bridges

These are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework.

What Is the Process for Obtaining a Dental Bridge?

  • The abutment teeth are prepared which gives an area for a crown to be placed over them.
  • Impressions of your teeth are taken to make the bridge, pontic, and crowns.
  • The dentist will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made.

Once the dental bridge is fixed the dentist will permanently cement it.

How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge you select.

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

Dental bridges generally last 5 to 15 years and even longer.

Will It Be Difficult to Eat with a Dental Bridge?

You can easily after the replacement of the missing teeth. Until you become comfortable, intake soft foods.

Will the Dental Bridge Change How I Speak?

It is difficult to speak due to the missing teeth. Wearing a dental bridge will help you speak properly.

How Do I Care for My Bridges?

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to keep bridges healthy and strong. It helps in preventing tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Visit a dentist regularly and keep a balanced diet.