One excellent option that you have for replacing missing teeth is fixed dental bridges. This is a way that you can replace missing teeth that are side-by-side. Different types of fixed bridges are available, letting you choose one that is best suited to your needs and budget. As the name implies, all of them are not removable.
Dental bridges will replace your teeth with teeth that have a natural appearance. They often are made of porcelain to be able to provide the right appearance. Getting your teeth replaced with beautiful teeth will restore your smile and self-confidence.
About Fixed Bridges
Fixed dental bridges consist of a series of false teeth called pontics. The bridge is attached at both ends to an anchor, which can be either real teeth with crowns on them, or dental implants with crowns on them.
Types of Fixed Bridges
- Traditional– This type of bridge involves a healthy tooth on both ends. The teeth are prepared by removing some of the enamel so that a crown can be placed on them. The false tooth is cemented to the crowns on both sides.
- Maryland dental bridge– Similar to the traditional type, it needs teeth on both sides of the bridge. The difference is that this method does not use crowns. In its place, it uses a metal framework that is bonded to the backside of the teeth on both sides.
- Implant-supported– This type of bridge is the strongest and is apt to last the longest. The implants are made of titanium and the bone will attach to it over time. Implants are needed at both ends. It will cost more than the traditional type.
Advantages of Fixed Bridges
The advantage of getting a fixed bridge, as opposed to one that is removable, is that it is stable. A partial bridge is not as stable as one that is fixed. It will also give you the advantage of being able to care for it like your natural teeth, with brushing and flossing. With a removable one, there is the possibility that it may be dropped – and break.
Another advantage is that it will help prevent your remaining teeth from becoming misaligned. When teeth are missing, they will tend to drift into the empty space, causing a misalignment.
For people who want a tooth-supported bridge, there need to be healthy teeth on both sides. These teeth will be shaped and fitted for crowns and the bridge will be attached to it. People who desire to get bridges supported by dental implants need to have sufficient bone where the implants will be placed. If teeth have been missing for some time, bone grafts will be necessary. Any candidate for a bridge needs to be free from gum disease, which can be treated beforehand.
The dentists at Bright White Dental can help you get fixed dental bridges. They will also advise you concerning which one may be best in your situation. We offer many dental services for the whole family, including preventive dentistry.