The truth is that teeth loss sucks. Not being able to properly smile or eat cause distress in patients. Besides it reduces our self-esteem and confidence overall. Luckily, now days you have several options available for replacing missing teeth, such as dental crowns, implants, dentures and dental bridges. Today I want to talk about the most important types of dental bridges that your dentist may recommend to help you decide which one to choose.
Classic Dental Bridges
Traditional or classic dental bridges are the most requested type in Los Algodones. These bridges consist of one or more pontics, they are like fake teeth, and are positioned using dental crowns as support. These dental crowns are also known as abutments, and they are placed onto the teeth next to your missing tooth.
Classic dental bridges are a great option when you have your natural teeth on both sides of the gap of your missing tooth. Bridges are a strong enough to replace even molars. A con of this type of bridge is that your dentist needs to prepare the adjacent teeth first by removing the enamel to make enough room for the crowns that will be placed on top.
And since enamel doesn’t grow back, these teeth will always need the protection of crowns or caps.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
Cantilever bridge is another choice for replacing missing teeth. They are almost like classic dental bridges, but the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side. Remember that traditional bridges are supported on both sides. This means that if there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, this is the perfect bridge for you.
Just like the classic bridge, your dentist needs to prepare the adjacent tooth to place the bridge, removing the enamel. Keep in mind that this is a restoration to support little work because it has low support.
Maryland Dental Bridges
The Maryland bridges are more of a conservative alternative compared to other dental bridges. Maryland bridges hace a pontic that is held in place by a metal or porcelain frame. This framework is glued onto the backs of the two teeth next to the missing tooth. Since this type of bridge does not use dental crowns, the adjacent teeth don’t need to be worked.
While Maryland bridges sound less invasive than other bridges, they do have a couple of downsides. The strength of the bridge is very limited thanks to the strength of the resin that holds it in its place, so they are not recommended for molars where you need to apply more force. Some patients report that the framework can get in the way of your gums or your bite, causing discomfort.
Implant-supported dental bridges are another nice option for solving teeth loss. Especially if you are missing more than one tooth. Instead of using dental crowns or frameworks for support, these bridges use the help of dental implants. How it usually works is that one implant is placed for every missing tooth, and these hold the bridge in place.
One notable downside is that the patient requires two surgeries to place the implants. One to place the implants first and the second to place the dental bridge. The patient will need 3 to 6 months to heal after coming back to get the bridge.
Now that you know many types of dental bridges available I hope you feel more close to making your decision. Be sure to contact us to know more about prices and appointments available and become part of the Dental Solutions Los Algodones family.