What Are Bridges?
If you have one or more missing teeth, Signature Smile Arts can close those gaps with dental bridges. Dental bridges are natural-looking dental prosthetics that anchor to adjacent teeth. Dental bridges are one of the most commonly used treatments in Homewood for replacing missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
In dentistry, a bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) attached to either side of a gap by abutment teeth. There are several different types of bridges. Traditional bridges consist of a false tooth or teeth affixed to each of the abutment teeth by dental crowns. Traditional dental bridges are the most common, and they are for when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap caused by a missing tooth. While cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges, with only one abutment tooth cemented to the pontic, a cantilever bridge requires only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth. Maryland dental bridges utilize two natural abutment teeth on both sides of the gap, similar to a traditional bridge. Unlike traditional bridges, which use crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a porcelain or metal framework that bonds to the back surface of the abutment teeth. Like a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge can be used if an adjacent natural tooth is on both sides of the gap resulting from the missing tooth or teeth. The term “implant-supported bridge” refers to a bridge supported by dental implants rather than by crowns or frames. In general, for each missing tooth, one implant is surgically placed, and these implants serve as a support for the bridge. Constructing a bridge by suspending a pontic between two implant-supported crowns is possible if a single implant is not feasible for each missing tooth.
Choosing between a dental bridge and an implant
Dental insurance plans commonly cover bridges and implants. A dental bridge can last between five and 15 years if properly cared for, while dental implants are considered a permanent solution. The quality of dental hygiene can affect the life expectancy of all types of bridges, including dental implants.
What Is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?
The loss of a tooth or teeth can cause various problems for you. You can address these issues with a dental bridge, such as:
- Restorative dentistry
- Restoring chewing function
- Restoring your pronunciation and speech
- Preserving the shape of your face
- Bite readjustment for chewing
- Maintaining the correct position of your remaining teeth
However, it would be best to consider many factors before deciding on dental bridges. These include your health and the location of the missing teeth. Cost can be another factor for many, especially concerning insurance coverage. Your dentist at Signature Smile Arts will be able to discuss treatment options in Homewood for your particular situation that best suits your dental health needs.
Are Bridges Right For You?
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges and see if they are the right solution for your smile, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.