What Are Dental Bridges?
If a patient is missing one or more teeth and has gaps in their smile, a dental bridges can fix this. A dental bridge is a false tooth also know as a pontic, which is held in place by the teeth on either side of the open space. Replacement teeth are usually made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth. Similarly to dental crowns which give a more attractive-looking smile.
Benefits of A Dental Bridge
Dental bridges have both cosmetic and functional benefits. When patients have missing teeth it can cause trouble with speech and eating, in addition to looking less aesthetically attractive. By replacing open spaces in the mouth with bridges, you can prevent other teeth from drifting, while lowering the risk of gum disease.
Types Dental Bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges, these include:
- Traditional Bridges – this bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. This involves the creation of a crown for the implant or tooth, which is placed on either side of the missing tooth. These are the most common type of dental bridges and are made of porcelain.
Cantilever Bridges – this bridge is used for the back teeth, which is under less stress than the front. This type of bridge is mostly used when there are teeth on one side of the open space, rather than both sides.
Resin-Bonded Bridges – this bridge is the least expensive type of dental crown, as opposed to porcelain. This resin material is more likely to fracture or chip than the other types of bridges.
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How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Dr. Fresch Gray recommends that dental bridges can be treated just like a normal tooth. Patients that brush and floss daily as well as receive regular cleanings can maintain their bridges for up to 15 years.
Recovery After A Dental Bridge Placement
While patients are adjusting to having dental bridges, they should eat soft foods in small pieces. It is common for patients to have a slight sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, but this will subside over time.