Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a precision-made appliance that is glued over a tooth or implant to fully cover it and repair a gap. It is an artificial tooth that looks and functions much like a real one.

At Zen House Dental, our dentists have the expertise and knowledge to provide the sophisticated dental methods required to construct bridges that assist teeth functioning correctly. If they are cared for and maintained properly, dental bridges can endure for many years.

aDVaNTAGES OF DENTaL BRIDGES

Restoration of Function

Dental bridges help restore your ability to bite and chew properly, which can improve your overall nutrition and health.

Aesthetics

Bridges can fill the gap left by missing teeth, enhancing your smile and overall appearance. They are designed to look natural and blend with your existing teeth.

Speech Improvement

Missing teeth can affect your speech. Bridges can help improve pronunciation and speech clarity.

Preservation of Tooth Alignment

When a tooth is lost, nearby teeth may shift or tilt into the empty space, leading to misalignment. Bridges prevent this by filling the gap and maintaining proper tooth alignment.

Dental Health

A bridge can help distribute bite forces evenly across your remaining natural teeth, reducing the risk of excessive wear and tear on adjacent teeth.

Comfort

Bridges are custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to speak and eat without discomfort.

Durability

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can be a long-lasting solution for replacing missing teeth.

It’s important to note that while dental bridges offer these benefits, they may not be suitable for everyone.

Our dentists will assess your specific oral health needs and discuss the most appropriate tooth replacement options for your situation, which could include bridges, implants, or removable dentures.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are, in fact, many distinct kinds of bridges, each of which is secured uniquely. Your dentist will choose the safest and most reliable bridge option for your unique circumstances based on their findings.

Traditional Dental Bridge (Fixed Bridge)

This consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) held in place by dental crowns placed on the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap.

Traditional bridges are ideal when there are healthy natural teeth on both sides of the gap.

Cantilever Bridge

Similar to traditional bridges, but in this case, the pontic is supported by a dental crown on only one side of the gap.

Cantilever bridges are used when there's only one natural tooth next to the gap.

MaRyland BRidge

This bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework with wings on each side of the pontic.

The wings are bonded to the back of the adjacent natural teeth using dental cement.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Instead of relying on natural teeth for support, an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as anchors for the pontics.

This type of bridge is ideal when multiple adjacent teeth are missing or when the natural teeth adjacent to the gap are not strong enough to support a traditional bridge.

Each type of dental bridge has its advantages and considerations, and the choice depends on factors such as the location of the missing teeth, the condition of the surrounding teeth, and the patient’s overall oral health. Your dentist will evaluate your specific needs and recommend the most suitable type of bridge for your situation.

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