Dental bridges can help restore your missing teeth and your smile. Without teeth, it is difficult to communicate, eat, or bite properly. Missing teeth can change the alignment of the teeth and also the shape of your face. It is essential to consult a dentist to discuss the dental options for replacement.
Dental bridges are used in dentistry to bridge the gap formed by one or more missing teeth. The bridges span the spaces and serve as anchors. Bridges are a combination of two or more crowns for the teeth, and the anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth or false teeth.
These false teeth, also known as pontics, can be made up of gold, porcelain, alloys, metal bases with ceramic coatings, or a combination of these materials.
When you decide to fix a permanent dental bridge, it’s important to get the help of your dentist and discuss all your treatment options. After a detailed study of your teeth, your dentist will be able to choose the right dental brides for you.
There are many reasons bridges can be used, and these include:
- Filling the spaces or gaps between missing teeth
- Maintaining the alignment of the face
- Preventing the teeth from drifting away from their positions
- Re-establishing the ability to speak
- Being able to chew and smile properly
- Upgrading to partially removable dentures to permanently fixed teeth
All types of bridges can fill the gaps of missing teeth. Some of the types of dental bridges include:
- Maryland or resin-bonded
To maintain your permanent bridges, be sure to adhere to the instructions that you’ll be given from your dentist at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper cleaning in between the teeth and pontics using a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and scheduling regular dental visits are required to reduce cavities and the inflammations of the gum tissues. Our dentist will also provide you with care instructions at the end of the procedure that will aid in the use of your new permanent bridge.