They are important in nature, in cities, and in your mouth! What are we talking about? We’re talking about bridges. They connect roads, cities, and now: teeth. Are you a candidate for dental bridges? What exactly is a dental bridge? In this article we are going to discuss this essential procedure to having a healthy mouth.
Why Get Dental Bridges?
In this case, bridges are important for connecting teeth, which is a great option for those patients that may be missing one or more teeth. With support on either side of the tooth by means of two crowns, a gap can bridged to facilitate the introduction of a new tooth where one may be missing. Specifically, this bridge consists of crowns on either side of the gap, along with the replacement tooth called a pontic.
It is imperative to have gaps filled for the betterment of your oral health, and in turn, your general overall health. Gaps can lead to a plethora of other problems in the mouth. Gaps allow for the remaining teeth in the mouth to shift, causing gaps, crooked teeth, and even jawbone misalignment. Furthermore, the cleaning of the teeth becomes harder to accomplish, leading to possible gum disease, tooth decay or even bacterial infections.
Types of Dental Bridges
You do have options when it comes to the type of dental bridge you could opt to have.
- Maryland Bonded Bridge – This type is adhered to the bridge for the strongest support possible, usually made of porcelain or metal.
- Traditional Bridge – On either side of the gap, a crown is prepared over the tooth with a crown cemented in the middle.
Of course, each patient should discuss with their dentist the best option for them and their teeth. If you want a healthier mouth, call Dr. Tutu at Sonrisa Dental today to make an appointment and get your dental bridge procedure as soon as possible!