Types of Dental Bridges

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are structures that utilize the teeth on either side of a missing tooth to serve as the anchors for bridges, which are essentially groups of crowns all cast together. Dental bridges types have fallen out of fashion lately, as implants have become more and more preferred, but they are a more cost-effective option for those on a budget.

Different types of Dental bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing. They are used to replace missing teeth with false teeth. A permanent or fixed bridge is cemented onto the prepared teeth. Every now and then a removable bridge can be placed. A removable bridge clips to teeth and can be taken in and out quite easily.

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What are the main types of dental bridges?

A fixed dental bridge is a bridge that is immovable; it is held in place using cement or screws, and only a dentist can remove this type of bridge.

A cantilever bridge is a structure in which the false tooth is anchored to only one neighboring tooth.

Another type of bridge that can be used is a resin-bonded bridge.

These are not as strong as fixed and cantilever bridges, but they are both less expensive and not permanent. Unlike the two aforementioned bridges, which entail the filing of the teeth adjacent to the empty space in order to make room for the structure to be installed, resin-bonded bridges are put in place by inserting a false tooth with metal wings into the space. Then, your dentist will use resin to bond the wings to the adjacent teeth.

Getting Fitted For Dental Bridges

It is not uncommon for new bridges to feel uncomfortable at first. Once you give it some time, they should become more comfortable.  You should never attempt to adjust the way the bridge feels in your mouth or try to force a removable bridge into place.

Cost & Longevity

Dental bridge type costs vary due to a number of factors. A main factor would be where you live. The chance of your dental insurance covering most of this procedure is likely. If your dental bridges are properly maintained through check-ups and cleanings they can last for years. Your bridge should be taken care of the same as your regular teeth. Don’t forget to brush in the morning and evening and use toothpaste containing fluoride. Remembering to clean your bridge will decrease your likelihood of developing cavities and developing inflammation of your gums.

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This educational blog post was brought to you by Douglas Hamill DDS. If you have questions about dental bridges, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.

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