Bridges Q & A
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are a treatment method to fill in the gap from one or more missing teeth. Dr. Donia designs and creates false teeth that fit in the gap and then secures them in place using several crowns on each side of the gap, which creates a “bridge.” Dental bridges are permanent and are cemented in place to ensure they are not able to slide or fall out.
Why Does a Person Need a Bridge?
Dental bridges are typically needed if you are missing one or more teeth. These teeth could have been lost due to a number of reasons including dental trauma, extensive decay, gum disease, or tooth extraction.
In these cases, dental bridges protect your bite by preventing the remaining teeth from shifting into the space to try to fill it. Additionally, they can help prevent gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorder which can be caused by a lack of teeth.
What Are the Types of Bridges?
There are three main types of bridges: traditional, cantilever and Maryland bonded. Most patients are eligible for a traditional bridge. A traditional bridge involves using a crown made of porcelain-fused-to-metal or ceramic on either side of the gap to anchor a tooth in the middle.
Cantilever bridges are required when there are only teeth remaining on one side of the gap. However, this technique is outdated and rarely used today due to the pressure and stress it puts on the supporting teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges do not involve the use of crowns. Instead, the bridges are supported by metal or porcelain wings which are then permanently cemented to the surrounding teeth.
What Are the Benefits of Bridges?
Bridges allow you to eat and speak without limitations. Bridges also reduce stress on the other teeth in your mouth as you will be chewing normally. Additionally, bridges help to maintain the natural shape of your face and restore your beautiful smile.