One of the most common treatments in the field of cosmetic dentistry is dental bridges. Dental bridges offers an exceptional way to help you smile again with confidence.
Bridges are literally bridging the gap that is created by your missing teeth. A bridge is actually made up of 2 crowns for your teeth either side of the gap. They can correct your teeth alignment and can also reduce the stress on your surrounding teeth.
When are These Bridges Required?
There are a variety of situations that you may require you to have a dental bridge. This may be due to clinical or cosmetic reasons, including:
- Bringing back your natural beautiful smile
- Allowing you to properly speak and chew
- Maintaining the natural shape of your face
- Avoiding your remaining teeth from drifting out of their position
Bridges are made from different materials including metal and porcelain, as well as some stronger materials including alumina and zirconia. The three mostly used types these days include the following:
- Traditional Bridge – this involves making a crown for the implant or tooth on either side of the lost tooth, with pontic in between. This is considered as the most popular type of bridge that is mostly made from ceramics, or porcelain, and fused metal.
- Maryland Bonded Bridges – also known as Maryland Bridge of resin-bonded bridge, these are made of plastic gums and teeth which are supported by a metal framework.
- Cantilever bridges – these are used once the teeth that are adjacent on just one side of the loss tooth/teeth.
Bridges ensure alignment of your existing teeth and can be a great solution for missing teeth. They can also restore your ability to speak and chew your food properly, and can also maintain the shape of your face.