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Dental bridges are commonly used for the replacement of missing teeth. If you are considering getting a dental bridge, you need to be armed with solid information so that you can make an informed decision about your dental care. You have quite a few types to choose from, and your dentist can help you make that decision during your initial consultation.
Five of the most common types of dental bridges are:
- Traditional bridges
- Cantilever bridges
- Composite bridges
- Maryland bridges
- Implant-supported bridges
The traditional bridge is the most popular type used for the restoration of lost teeth. It makes a good choice when you already have some natural teeth, or dental implants, on each side of the space left by the missing teeth.
Traditional bridges tend to be lightweight and somewhat small, providing solid chewing comfort through the redistribution of biting force.
If you are maintaining proper oral hygiene at home, this type of bridge can serve you for a long time.
The only real drawback of traditional bridges is that they require some removal of tooth enamel to make space for the dental crowns.
This type of bridge is employed when only one anchor tooth is available for supporting missing teeth. It is not advisable for the back part of the mouth that places too much biting force on abutment teeth. When properly designed, this is a solution that can work well.
This is a winged bridge that is considered to be a conservative treatment choice. Sometimes known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges involve the use of plastic teeth strengthened by a metal frame.
The existing anchor teeth are used to bond metal attachments found on opposing sides. This type of bridge is mainly used for front teeth.
Many people like Maryland bridges because the structure of abutment teeth only requires minimal adjustment. This is a relatively inexpensive and efficient treatment, but it is not for everyone. Those with cross bites or deep bites should not get Maryland bridges.
One drawback of Maryland bridges is that they have a tendency to become discolored, leading to abutment teeth darkening over time. They also have a tendency to de-bond.
If you have a missing tooth or two, and are looking for a simple and inexpensive treatment, a composite bridge may be what you are looking for. In most cases, composite bridges only require one dental visit for placement.
This type of bridge is becoming increasingly popular. One reason may be that it does not involve any damage to adjoining natural teeth. No unusual maneuvers are necessary because these bridges are supported exclusively by dental implants that are firmly placed within the jaw. Implant-supported bridges are known for being incredibly stable.
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