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Different Types of Dental Bridges

What is a dental bridge?

Your dentist can use dental bridges to fill up any gaps in your smile caused by lost teeth. The abutment teeth secure an artificial tooth used in dental bridges on each side of the gap. They are often constructed of porcelain to mix in with your natural teeth visually. However, they can also be made of other materials.

Dental bridges come in a variety of types:

Standard dental bridge

A typical dental bridge comprises crowns that have been bonded to each abutment tooth, which hold the fake tooth or teeth in place. The most common form of dental bridge is a conventional bridge, which can be utilised when you still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by your lost tooth.

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Dental Bridges – Dental bridge with cantilevers

Cantilever dental bridges are similar to typical ones in that just one abutment tooth is the anchor for the artificial tooth, secured by a dental crown. You need one healthy tooth next to the gap left by the lost tooth to support a cantilever bridge.

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Maryland bridge

Dental bridges in Maryland need two healthy abutment teeth, one on either side of the gap, just like a conventional bridge. A Maryland bridge, on the other hand, employs a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth. In contrast, a typical bridge puts dental crowns on the abutment teeth. Like a standard bridge, a Maryland bridge is only an option if there is a natural tooth on each side of the gap left by the lost tooth or teeth.

Dental Bridges – Dental bridge supported by implants

As the name suggests, dental implants support bridges rather than frameworks or crowns. An implant is often surgically implanted for every lost tooth, and this implant holds the bridge in place. If it is impossible to place one implant for each lost tooth, the bridge may consist of a pontic hanging between two implant-supported crowns. An implant-supported bridge often needs two procedures and is said to be the most robust and stable system.

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Dental Bridges – What is the purpose of dental bridges?

If you have missing teeth or teeth, many different things might happen to you. These alterations can be addressed by a dental bridge treatment, which includes: getting your smile back, regaining the capacity to chew correctly, restoring your speech and pronunciation, keeping your face in its natural shape, and altering your bite to evenly distribute the force when you eat to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting from their natural positions.

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