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The 4 Types Of Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a permanent solution that fills the gap of a missing tooth or missing teeth. When teeth are missing or extracted, the gums are at an increased risk of infection, but with a quality dental bridge replacement, patients can achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile while improving their oral health. These replacements serve for both practical and aesthetic purposes, enabling patients to eat, speak, as well as restore the appearance of their teeth. Dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials including gold, however, they are typically made of porcelain to aesthetically blend in with the natural surrounding teeth.

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4 Types Of Dental Bridges

Each type of dental bridge has a specific intended purpose. They are all used to replace a missing tooth or teeth but each has certain characteristics that make it preferable in different situations.

Traditional Fixed Bridge

A traditional fixed bridge creates a filler tooth that is supported by crowns cemented over healthy neighbouring teeth. The neighbouring teeth need to be shaped and fitted to support the bridge and the crowns. This is the most common type of bridge used.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

Cantilever bridges can be utilized when there are no teeth on one side of the missing tooth to which the artificial teeth can be affixed. These work similar to a traditional dental bridge but only require one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap. These bridges can become unstable and have a higher chance of complications such as fractured teeth or loose crowns. As a result, their placement must be carefully planned to reduce the risk of destabilizing the abutment teeth (the metal piece that connects the crown to the dental bridge)

Maryland Bonded Bridges

Also known as resin-bonded bridges, these are commonly used to replace front teeth. While traditional dental bridges use dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge utilizes a framework of porcelain fused to metal. These metal frameworks are bonded to the back of the neighbouring teeth to hold them in place. Since the teeth do not require crowns, there is no need to alter the shape and size of the neighbouring natural teeth. These bridges are designed for aesthetic purposes and are not as durable as traditional bridges because they do not use crowns. These are only used on the front teeth.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

Implant-supported dental bridges use dental implants as opposed to metal frameworks or crowns. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for each missing tooth to hold the dental bridge in position. The implants must take time to heal and imbed into the jawbone before fitting a dental bridge on top of the implants. This is considered the most stable and strongest dental bridge option available, however, the process does require two separate surgeries and a long healing process.

Restore Your Smile Today!

With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, a dental bridge can be a long-lasting solution for missing teeth. There are many benefits of getting a dental bridge as they can improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, allow you to properly speak and chew, maintain face shape, and prevent remaining teeth from moving out of their positions.

At Marlborough Dental Centre, our team of NE Calgary dentists offers effective restorative dental bridge procedures to help enhance the look and function of your teeth. Our goal is to provide customized dental solutions to bring out your finest smile and improve your overall health and wellness. To learn more about our dental bridge services, contact us by calling (403)-248-2066 or by filling out our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a dental bridge procedure?

A dental bridge procedure will require two appointments that will each last around an hour long. The length of your appointment will be based on what type of dental bridge you require, how many missing teeth you have, and your healing process.

How long do dental bridges last?

With good oral hygiene and proper care, dental bridges will last from 5-10 years before needing replacement.

Does getting a dental bridge hurt?

The dental bridge procedure is relatively quick and pain-free. Your dentist will apply a local anaesthetic to the area being treated so you do not feel any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.

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