WHAT ARE DENTAL BRIDGES?
Bridges are like crowns in that they restore smiles and function. Typically it is a false tooth that is held in place by the abutment teeth to bridge the gap of one or more missing teeth.
One downside to opting for a dental bridge is the preparation. When preparing a bridge, the enamel on adjacent teeth is removed so that the crown can be cemented to either side. After a bridge has been placed, the adjacent teeth must always be protected by a crown because they no longer have enamel on either side.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A DENTAL BRIDGE?
- If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling to fix.
- If you have a gap or are missing a tooth.
- If you have a tooth that is cracked or weakened.
- If crowns and implants are too financially unfeasible.
- If you have had an extraction
- If you want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGES
Traditional Bridges: the most popular dental bridge today. These bridges are created by cementing the bridge tooth to the sides of the adjacent teeth.
Cantilever Bridges: these are like traditional bridges, except they are only glue to one tooth instead of each side.
Implant Bridges: are supported by dental implants, rather than adjacent teeth.
When you visit our dental offices, we will determine which dental bridge is right for you.