What is a dental bridge?
If you lose a tooth or several teeth, you can choose to get a fixed partial denture, a removable partial denture or an implant; all three are known as dental bridges. Essentially, the dentist will restore the gap in your teeth with either a fixed dental bridge cemented into place or a removable dental bridge that can be taken out of the mouth for cleaning or replacement teeth directly attached to the jaw. Although removable dental bridges generally are less expensive, fixed dental bridges and implant dental bridges may feel more stable and comfortable.
Why do I need a dental bridge?Most people don’t realize it, but your teeth actually help maintain the shape of your face. A dental bridge will support your lips and cheek. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
More importantly, though, your dental health may suffer if you don’t choose to get replacement teeth. If a tooth is lost, other teeth work to fill the gap, tilting towards the area and possibly causing the jaw to shift up or down. Fixed partial dentures or removable partial dentures work to make sure your bite isn’t altered and stress isn’t placed on your jaw bone. Plus, the stress on your gum tissues could lead to gum disease.
Three main types of dental bridges:
- Fixed Dental Bridge: this is a permanent option that places a prosthetic or “pontic” tooth in place of the extracted tooth and anchors it with additional crowns on either side.
- Removable Dental Bridge: An appliance that has the prosthetic teeth attached to a “palate” and can be easily inserted and removed for cleaning.
- Implant Dental Bridge: Artificial replacement teeth are attached directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. A "post" is placed in the jaw or gum and a crown is placed over the top. Implants are the most intense of the three options and requires strong bone structure and dedication to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
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