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Benefits of Dental Bridges

Gaps in the mouth created by missing teeth not only take away from your appearance but can be very inconvenient as well. Even basic mouth movements used for talking and chewing can be difficult or even painful. On top of that, gaps in the teeth can affect the remaining teeth, which can shift position along the gum line and move into the empty space. Fortunately, there is a solution with dental bridges.

What are dental bridges?

Bridges are a dental prosthetic used to fill in an empty space in the mouth. They are made of two parts – the abutment teeth (the teeth that neighbor the gap, usually covered with a crown and used to anchor the false tooth) and the pontic (the false tooth or teeth). They can be made from porcelain, gold, alloy, or a combination of the three.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  • Restore the smile
  • Improve chewing and speaking
  • Maintain the face’s natural shape
  • Even out the bite
  • Prevent teeth from shifting position along the gum line

Types of Bridges

There are three basic types of bridges:

  • Traditional: are the most common type and use crowns or implants as the “anchors” on either side of the gap for the pontic
  • Cantilever: is used when there are teeth adjacent to only one side of the missing tooth or teeth
  • Maryland: are bonded bridges that have a metal framework; dentists bond this framework directly to the adjacent teeth

Dental bridges are made from durable materials, which makes them a long-lasting solution for missing teeth: with proper care, they can last 10 years or longer.

If you want to return your smile back to full functionality as well as bring confidence back, talk to your dentist about getting dental bridges.

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