Dental bridges or bridgework can help with replacing missing teeth.
What is a Dental Bridge or Bridgework?
A Dental bridge is a dental restoration treatment used to replace a missing tooth/teeth. This is by joining artificial tooth/teeth to permanent artificial teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges are either in gold or porcelain fused to metal materials.
The reason why Dental Bridges option are the preferred option for tooth replacement are:
- The cost of dental bridgework is less compared to the implant or others.
- A dental bridgework final look can be as natural as your natural enamel.
- They are durable
- It gives the natural restoration of chewing and eating without any discomfort or complication
- No matter how long, it can be used to restore your tooth structure and maintain your natural face shape.
- They are so strong; that they can even be used to replace molars.
Types of Dental Bridges
To have a dental bridge, you will have to make a decision to choose amongst the different types, although you can use the advice of the dentist to provide a several options for you. The four types of dental bridgeworks are:
- Traditional Dental Bridgework: As the name implies, it is traditional and one of the most popularly accepted and used procedure for dental bridgework. It is using one or more fake tooth to be held in by dental crowns called abutments. This method can be used if/when you have natural teeth on the left and right sides of the missing tooth.
- Cantilever Dental Bridgework: This type of bridgework is similar to the traditional bridgework, but instead of the need of the abutments (dental crowns) on both sides, it only uses on one side.
- Maryland Bridgework: This is considered as the conservative alternative to the traditional bridgework. This is when a pontic is held in place by metal or porcelain framework that is bonded onto the backs of the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. This method isn’t held by any crown.
- Implant – Supported Bridges: This is used when you have more than a tooth missing as it is supported by dental implants rather than crowns or frameworks. That is, an implant is placed for every missing tooth.
If you don’t have all your teeth or maybe just a tooth due to a lost or progressive decay, you might want to consider the dental bridgework so you can have that full confident smile again.
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