Often made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, a dental bridge literally bridges the gap left by missing teeth. Not only that, but bridges look great; they help to maintain the shape of your face, alleviate the stress afflicting your bite, and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
LDA is the leading provider of Dental Bridge treatment
Dental bridges are dental prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed to “bridge” the gap created by missing teeth, providing both functional and cosmetic benefits. A typical dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are anchored in place by dental crowns or abutments on the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the empty space.
Dental Bridges and Types of Tooth Bridges
- Traditional Bridges: These bridges involve creating crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and placing the pontic in between.
- Cantilever Bridges: In cases where there is only one adjacent tooth to support the bridge, a cantilever bridge is used, with the pontic anchored to the single supporting tooth.
- Maryland Bridges (Resin-Bonded Bridges): These bridges use a framework of metal or porcelain wings bonded to the back of adjacent teeth, eliminating the need for crowns.
- Implant-Supported Bridges: Dental implants are used to support the pontic, providing a stable and durable solution for multiple missing teeth.
Dental bridges offer advantages such as restoring proper bite, preventing shifting of remaining teeth, improving aesthetics, and enhancing the ability to chew and speak. The choice of bridge type depends on various factors, including the patient’s oral health, the location of missing teeth, and the available budget. It’s important to consult with a dentist to determine the most suitable option based on individual needs and circumstances.
Successful bridge treatment depends on a solid foundation. It’s important that the teeth, gums, and bone to which the bridge is bonded are strong. Only after a consultation with one of our Dulles dentists will you know if you are a good candidate for bridge treatment.
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