Teeth problems are a common occurrence in modern day society.
The mouth is commonly referred to as the window to one’s health and the compromised health of teeth and gums can have a detrimental effect on individual optimal health and well being.
Thankfully, when it comes to tooth decay or missing teeth, there are multiple pain-free options available to rectify the issue. One of the most popular and effective method is dental bridges.
What Are The 4 Main Types of Dental Bridges?
The four main types of dental bridges are pain-free and are explained below.
1. Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are the most common type of dental bridges. The bridge contains at least one fake tooth, which is known as a pontic. The pontics are held in place by crowns which are attached to the teeth on either side of the tooth that is missing.
Traditional dental bridges are extremely strong and can even replace damaged molars. The attachment process of traditional dental bridges isn’t as simple as other methods.
A dentist is required to remove teeth enamel to make way for the crown insertion. Tooth enamel does not naturally replenish itself, so those who opt for a traditional dental bridge will always need crowns.
2. Maryland Dental Bridges
The alternative to traditional dental bridges, Maryland bridges contain fake teeth that are secured by porcelain or metal. Maryland bridges are secured to the backs of the teeth next to the missing or decayed which means that the teeth they are secured to do not require filling.
Maryland bridges rely heavily on the strength of the healthy teeth they are secured to. For those looking for a less invasive dental bridge option than traditional, the Maryland is an excellent choice.
3. Cantilever Dental Bridges
Cantilever dental bridges are a popular option for filling in the gaps of entirely missing teeth. A similar concept to traditional bridges, the cantilever only relies on one tooth for support, not two.
The enamel will still need to be removed from the tooth that is supporting the bridge to ensure stability.
Cantilever bridges may or may not last as long as other bridges. We’re very careful with case selection when considering cantilever bridges.
4. Implant-supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are a good option for people needing to replace multiple teeth that are missing. The bridge is supported by actual implants.
Implant-supported bridges create a feeling of security as they are attached to the mouth and look and feel just like the rest of the natural teeth.
All types of dental bridges are expected to last up to 10 years, if not more. It is vital to care for them to increase the longevity of the bridges. Brushing teeth thoroughly twice per day is a good start to increasing the lifespan of dental bridges.
Flossing daily will help to eliminate any foreign substances that may compromise the dental bridge or cause damage to other existing teeth and eating a diet that is not harsh on teeth (e.g. low in meat) will help to protect the dental bridge.
Regular dental visits and professional cleans will also ensure that all forms of dental bridges stay secure and of premium quality for as long as possible.