Dental bridges are essentially false teeth, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth.
The false tooth (known as the pontic) is usually fused between two crowns that serve as the anchors and therefore bridging the teeth together. There are different types of bridges available; the type of bridge used would depend on the case.
Why have a bridge?
There are many advantages to having a dental bridge. They include:
- Bridges are natural in appearance.
- You generally only require two appointments with you dentist to have a bridge.
- Bridges have a good life span, usually lasting for approx. 10 -15 years providing you practice good oral health techniques.
- Bridges will improve your bite, and reduce stress on teeth either side of the missing tooth gap.
- Bridges may correct any interference with your speech that the missing tooth is causing.
- Your overall appearance will be improved by diminishing gaps in your teeth.
Types of bridges
There are two main types of dental bridges. The traditional method of having a bridge is where a false tooth is fused onto to crowns either side, which are then placed over your existing teeth either side of a gap. This method can be used anywhere in the mouth.
Another type of bridge is the Maryland Bridge, where a false tooth is fused straight on to the existing teeth either side of a gap. These types of bridges are usually only used on the front section of the mouth due to the pressure of the bite being reduced in this area.
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