Your smile is a very important part of your physical appearance. A healthy set of pearly whites can boost your confidence – and whether you’re trying to get a new job or talk to a cute girl at the bar, confidence is always an asset.
So, what do you do if your teeth aren’t looking their best? Good oral hygiene can keep your teeth clean and remove stains, but some problems need a little extra help from your dentist. For example, if you are missing teeth, you might want to consider a dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge? Let’s look at this cosmetic dental procedure and how it can help you have your most beautiful smile.
How Do Bridges Work?
Dental bridges are designed for people who have missing, decayed, or damaged teeth. As the name suggests, bridges literally “bridge the gap” where those damaged teeth once were. The dentist can replace the damaged tooth with a porcelain one, restoring your smile to its former glory.
There are four main types of dental bridges. Each type can accommodate a different need. They are:
Traditional Dental Bridge
The traditional dental bridge works by attaching a porcelain tooth to two dental crowns. The crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. These two crowns hold the artificial tooth in place, giving you the appearance of a complete set of pearly whites.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
Cantilever dental bridges are like traditional bridges. In both cases, the bridge uses a crown over a person’s natural tooth to hold the artificial tooth in place. However, cantilever dental bridges only need one crown to hold the bridge. This is particularly useful when a person has only one natural tooth next to the gap they want fixed.
Maryland Dental Bridge
The Maryland dental bridge uses two natural teeth to hold the bridge in place, just like the traditional bridge. However, this kind of bridge has one major difference: it doesn’t attach dental crowns to the natural teeth. Instead, Maryland bridges attach to the mouth via a metal or porcelain framework, which is bonded to the back of the natural tooth.
Implant-supported Dental Bridge
If a person is missing multiple teeth in a row, they might benefit from an implant-supported dental bridge. This procedure uses dental implants to hold the bridge in place, rather than crowns or frameworks. The dentist will add an implant on either side of the gap where the bridge will be, and then attach the bridge to each of the implants.
Do I Need A Bridge?
Bridges are a great option if you have gaps in your smile that you want to be filled. They are safe, easy to care for, and can last anywhere from five to 15 years (depending on your oral hygiene). However, this doesn’t mean they are the right choice for every person.
If you have only one or two missing or damaged teeth, you can probably benefit from a dental bridge. But if your tooth damage is more significant, you might need a more involved dental procedure – after all, paying for multiple bridges can get expensive, even with insurance.
Getting Your Dental Bridge
If you are interested in restoring your smile with a dental bridge, the best thing you can do is talk to your dentist. He or she can help you decide which procedure will be best for your smile, your habits, and your budget.
The Dental Roots team is happy to help you get the beautiful smile you know you deserve. Call our office to schedule your appointment today!