Understanding the Types and Uses of Dental Bridges

Woman on her monthly dental check upMany adults have at least two (or three) decayed or missing teeth, making it one of the most common causes of low self-esteem. After all, it affects their smile. Good thing, Advanta Dental says that dental bridges can be an ideal solution to joining the gaps left by missing teeth.

Dental bridges consist of two crowns or more — on either side of the gap — with a false tooth in between. Its application should be done by an equipped dental clinic for them to work efficiently. Here are the types of dental bridges available in the market and their uses:

Traditional Bridges

This is the most common type, which includes one or more false teeth held in place using dental crowns. The bridge is typically made of ceramics or porcelain combined with metal. Traditional bridges are used in replacing missing teeth surrounded by healthy teeth to support the bridge. The teeth should be reshaped before fitting the bridges to ensure the bridge fits well and has strong support.

Cantilever Bridges

These bridges are attached to one side of your teeth, unlike traditional bridges. They can be used if you have only one tooth adjacent to your gap. This might lead to fractured teeth and loosened crowns, however, as they are held on one side only. Their placement should be planned carefully to prevent such risks.

Resin-Bonded Bridges

These are also called bonded bridges, which commonly replace the front teeth. This consists of a metal frame and porcelain merged with metal teeth. It’s a conservative option to traditional bridges, as bridges require no reshaping of adjacent teeth. Its strength is limited, however, and it might be unstable when used on teeth subjected to significant biting forces like molars.

Dental bridges restore your smile and preserve the outline of your face. The bridges also avert other teeth from moving out of position because of missing teeth. If you have missing teeth affecting your bite and smile, get a qualified cosmetic dentist to place your bridges.