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For most people, having a great smile and beautiful teeth is a goal we constantly strive towards. It's why we are taught to brush 2 or more times a day (as well as floss and rinse) as well as to avoid certain drinks or foods that might weaken the enamel of our teeth. Still, situations can arise where, even despite following these steps, dental issues arise. And while there are numerous ways that western dental practices have been developed to resolve these issues, the current one we are here to discuss is the Dental Bridge.

Firstly, What is a Dental Bridge?

In the event of a missing tooth, a Dental Bridge is used as a false tooth (also known as a pontic) and is held in place to literally close, or bridge, the gap between your teeth. The false tooth is held by the teeth on either side of the gap, keeping it firmly in place. These teeth can be made from a variety of materials, such as gold or silver. That said, typically most will request them to be made from porcelain in order to better blend with their natural veneers.

What are the types of Dental Bridges available?

Dental Bridges come in four primary types, each with their own use and specialty:

  • Traditional Bridges
  • Cantilever Bridges
  • Maryland Bridges
  • Implant-Supported Bridges

Traditional Bridges

A Traditional Bridge is the most popular type of bridge and is generally what one considers when going in for a bridge. They consist of a false tooth being used to fill in a gap made by a missing tooth and is surrounded on either side by a healthy tooth. The two natural teeth (also known as "abutment teeth") surround the false tooth and hold it in place between them.

Traditional Bridges are generally made from ceramic or porcelain materials being fused to metal, though other materials such as gold or silver can be used instead. They are generally made strong enough to replace the general function of a molar and are largely indistinguishable to a regular tooth.

The downside to this procedure, however, comes by way of fusing the false tooth in place. In order to do so effectively, some of the enamel from both of the side teeth must be removed in order to make room for the crowns on top. As there is no known way to grow back enamel, this process is irreversible and should be kept in mind when considering this procedure.

Cantilever Bridges

The Cantilever Bridge functions very similarly to that of the Traditional Bridge. Whereas the traditional bridge requires two teeth on either side of a gap, the cantilever bridge only needs a singular tooth on one of its sides. This procedure is not quite as common as the traditional bridge and is not recommended for gaps found in the back of the mouth, as it may produce too much force onto the other teeth, damaging them.

As with the traditional bridge, enamel from the preexisting tooth is required in order to hold the false tooth in place. It is noted by the Journal of American Science that, because the enamel is being pulled directly from only one tooth, rather than two, there is a higher chance for complications such as tooth fractures or loosened crowns.

Maryland Bridges

Maryland Bridges (also known as Resin-Bonded Bridges or Maryland Bonded Bridges) are false teeth primarily used in replacing a gap found at the front of the mouth. These pontic teeth are bound in place by metal or porcelain bands rather than enamel and are often recommended as an ultimately safer alternative.

While Maryland Bridges offer a safer alternative compared to Traditional or Cantilever Bridges, they are not without their shortcomings. These bridges are primarily only used for the front of the mouth and are not recommended for the sides or the back. Also, as they are not held by enamel, they are more susceptible to being loosened or broken than traditional bridges. Depending on the material used to bind it, one must be careful with biting hard objects to ensure it does not break or fall out.

Like traditional bridges, a Maryland bridge can only be used when there are two natural teeth on either side of the false tooth.

Implant-Supported Bridges

The fourth type of dental bridge, Implant-Supported Bridges use a dental implant rather than crowns or frameworks. This makes them unique amongst the bridges and should be considered, for some, as an effective alternative to either of the other methods of bridging.

An implant is surgically placed in the gums of the missing tooth and is used to hold the false tooth in place. This is considered by many to be the strongest and most stable of bridge systems as it will not require enamel from either adjacent teeth while also being physically durable enough to act similar to that of a regular tooth without loosening or breaking.

The process requires two separate surgeries (one to implant and the other to place the false tooth) and can take a number of months before the procedure is fully completed.

Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?

Well, it ultimately depends on your situation. A Dental Bridge is required specifically for someone that has a missing tooth or missing teeth. And while there are numerous potential health risks that come with a missing tooth, such as potential infection of the gums as well as shifting of the teeth, it also can be regarded as somewhat embarrassing. Getting a dental bridge can resolve those issues as well as:

  • Restoring the Ability to Properly Chew Foods
  • Restoring One's Speech and Pronunciation
  • Re-adjusting the Jaw's Bite and properly Redistributing the Force when Chewing
  • Regaining your Beautiful Smile

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