If you have two or more teeth missing in a row, or a gap-tooth with two perfectly healthy teeth on either side, then you might need to get a dental bridge. These implants are named because they bridge the gap between your teeth. Our Katz Dentistry dentists know that there are several different types of dental bridges, and if you need one, then we want to do our best to ensure that you pick the right one.
The type of bridge that you need will depend on the needs of your mouth. There are three different types of dental bridges, and all of them meet a different need and install differently. Let us take a look at all three and see which one is right for you.
The Traditional Bridge
The traditional bridge is one of the most common types of bridges out there. In order to qualify for a traditional bridge, all you need to do is have a gap in your smile with two healthy teeth on either side. Dentists create two crowns on either side of the bridge where the fake tooth will be. Then they settle the bridge into your mouth. The fake tooth slides neatly into the gap and rests there, while the two crowns anchor onto either side of the fake tooth. The crowns slide on top of the two real teeth and help to hold it in place.
Cantilever Bridges are used whenever only one adjacent tooth is on the side of the missing tooth. These bridges are more common near the edge of your mouth, and they are also only used for the front teeth. If you put a cantilever bridge on the back teeth, then they can become damaged. The Cantilever bridge has only one crown that goes over the adjacent tooth. They cannot be used on every single tooth, because putting too much stability and weight onto one side of your mouth can be costly if you do not know what you are doing.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
Finally, this bridge is made of plastic teeth and gums, teeth that are made of porcelain, or metal fused to porcelain. It is a very large overhaul of your mouth, where instead of using crowns to bond the bridge to your teeth, metal or porcelain wings are installed and they go to the back of the teeth.
Picking the Right Bridge for You
Every single bridge procedure is going to take some time, but the right type of bridge focuses on filling the gaps in your mouth. No matter what. Our dentists can talk with you about finding the correct bridge to fill in your gaps. Depending on the health of your mouth, we might even be able to do it without filling away from the healthy tooth enamel.
If you need a dental bridge to repair your mouth, do not hesitate to call our Katz Dentistry at 737-237-0677. Our team will be able to figure out the best type of bridge for you and your needs, and we will soon have you smiling again without any worry.
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Austin, TX 78759-8970