A dental bridge is recommended by your dentist if you have one or more missing teeth. Having missing teeth can result in further problems if not corrected. As most people know, having one or more missing teeth can make it difficult to bite down or chew. It can even make it difficult to speak.
This is only part of the problem. Having missing teeth can also cause other teeth to move towards that empty space, putting pressure on your jaw and changing your bite. So, let's talk about what to expect out of a dental bridge and what kind of bridge you may need.
These Are the Most Common Dental BridgesA Traditional Bridge is made of ceramic or porcelain and is made for people with two teeth on either side of the missing area. It is fused with metal and a dental crown is placed on top of the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth.
A Cantilever Bridge is used when there are not two teeth on both sides of the missing area.A Maryland Bridge has a metal framework around it. It will have little metal or porcelain wings on the sides that will be cemented to the teeth on both sides. Any dental bridge will generally be more appealing to most people over getting a set of dentures. They look more natural and will most likely help you get your confident smile back.
Whichever bridge is right for you please keep in mind they can last a long time or a lifetime as long as they are taken care of. Cleaning with a special floss or water pic and brushing twice a day is recommended. You will be able to eat as long as you keep certain things away from your bridged area. Things such as chewy food and hard food may cause damage and result in costly repair work.
Keep in mind a dental bridge is a great way to fill in one or more teeth and can protect you from future problems. A dental bridge can be put in in as easy as two office visits. Most dental plans pay a good portion of the procedure and are a lot less costly compared to dental implants. For more specific questions or concerns, please talk with your dentist and get that smile back on track.
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