If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Most adults have reported losing a tooth or several teeth throughout their lifetime. Dental bridges at Prime Dental in Plano are one type of restoration that can replace your missing teeth and fix up your smile, so it looks and functions like whole once more. There are four types of dental bridges that your dentist can you help you pick from.
The most popular dental bridge is the traditional option. They can have one or several replacement teeth in them and are held in place with crowns. They are cemented onto your teeth that are adjacent to the missing one(s).
There is a drawback to the traditional bridge, however. Your dentist at Prime Dental will need to remove some of the enamel from the adjacent teeth in order to create room for the crowns. Unfortunately, enamel doesn’t grow back.
Cantilever bridges are a lot like traditional bridges in that they attach to your natural teeth. However, they only need to attach to a tooth on one side rather than both.
Maryland bridges are considered to be a more conservative option than either the traditional bridge or the cantilever bridge. They are made of a pontic that is held in place either with ceramic or metal frameworks. This is bonded to teeth next to the gap that’s created from your missing tooth or teeth. There are no crowns involved, so enamel removal is not necessary. However, the strength of the bridge is only that of the resin that is used for bonding. Therefore, it isn’t so great for chewing teeth like molars.
Implant-supported bridges can be a great option when you need to replace more than one of your teeth. They are supported by dental implants. Typically, one implant is used per each of your missing teeth, and then the series of implants will hold the bridge in place. The drawback to this option is that it requires you to undergo two surgeries. The first surgery is to put the implants in and the second surgery will be to place the bridge.
The dental team in Plano will help you decide which bridge is best for your smile.