A bridge is a prosthetic appliance that “bridges” the gap between teeth. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge can be used to replace the missing teeth, securing the prosthetic to existing teeth or a crown/implant.
How are Bridges Different from Dentures?
Bridges are secured to your existing teeth and are not removable. Dentures are prosthetic teeth on a plate that slides on and off your teeth. They are removable. Both bridges and dentures can be secured with implants.
What are the Benefits of Bridges?
- Replace Missing Teeth | A bridge is a great way to replace your missing teeth, so that you have a full set of functioning teeth.
- Restore Your Smile | Replacing those missing teeth can make your smile beautiful again.
- Functionality | Bridges can help return the function to your teeth, helping you eat, as well as speak, more clearly.
- Prevent Drifting | By replacing the missing teeth, you can help prevent your teeth from drifting out of position.
- Look Younger | Bridges can help return the shape to your face, which may help you look younger.
What are the Types of Bridges Available?
There are three types of bridges: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland Bridge.
What is the Difference Between the Types of Bridges?
With traditional bridges, we create crowns for the teeth on either side of the missing teeth to secure the bridge.
Cantilever bridges, on the other hand, are connected by crowns on only one side of the missing tooth. At least two crowns are still needed to secure the bridge.
Maryland bridges are also known as resin bonded bridges. These are the only type of reversible bridge, since if removed, the teeth remain virtually unchanged. They are crown-free and bonded to the back of existing teeth with metal “wings”.
How do I Get Bridges?
The first step is to come in for a consultation. Dr. Potts or Dr. Schamel will be happy to examine you to determine if a bridge is right for you. It is possible x-rays will need to be taken.
Once you’ve determined the kind of bridge that you will need, your tooth is prepared for a crown and usually a mold of your teeth is made. The mold is sent to a laboratory for creation and when it arrives in-office, we fit and bond your bridge to your teeth.
Bridge the Gap!
Don’t waste another moment. At Parkway Dental, we are ready to help you determine if bridges are for you. Call today!