Types of Dental Bridges

Types of Dental Bridges

Posted by Stephanie Parke on Jul 11 2023, 02:51 AM

A healthy and complete smile is aesthetically pleasing and vital for optimal oral health. However, tooth loss can occur for various reasons, such as decay, injury, or gum disease, affecting your smile's appearance and functionality. At Parke & Rogers Dentistry, dental bridges offer a reliable solution for replacing missing teeth, restoring your smile, and preserving your oral health. Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, held in place by dental crowns or implants on either side of the gap. Our dentist in Conroe 77318 will guide you through each step, addressing any concerns or questions, and ensure that your dental bridge provides a functional and natural-looking restoration for your missing teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Dental Bridge

This is the most common type of bridge and consists of a pontic held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. The adjacent teeth, known as abutment teeth, are prepared by removing a portion of their enamel to accommodate the crowns. The pontic is then fused between the crowns, creating a stable and natural-looking replacement for the missing tooth.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

A cantilever bridge is used when only one adjacent tooth is available to support the bridge. It is similar to a traditional bridge, but instead of being supported by two abutment teeth, it is supported by a single tooth. This type of bridge is typically used in areas of the mouth with minimal biting force, such as the front teeth.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Maryland bridges are conservative options that use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. The pontic is then attached to the framework, eliminating the crown need. Maryland bridges are often used when the adjacent teeth are healthy and do not require extensive preparation.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Restoring Aesthetics

One of the primary benefits of dental bridges is their ability to restore your smile's appearance. When a tooth is lost, it can lead to gaps in your teeth, impacting your self-confidence and making you hesitant to smile. Dental bridges fill in these gaps, creating a seamless and natural-looking smile. The prosthetic teeth in the bridge are custom-designed by our dentist in Spring 77373 77383 to match your existing teeth' color, shape, and size, providing a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing result.

Supporting Facial Structure and Oral Health

Teeth play a crucial role in maintaining the structure and integrity of your face. When a tooth is missing, the underlying jawbone can deteriorate over time. Dental bridges help stimulate the jawbone, preserving its density and preventing bone loss. This, in turn, supports the facial structure, preventing a sunken or aged appearance that can occur with tooth loss. Dental bridges evenly distribute your bite's forces, reducing stress on the remaining teeth and preventing excessive wear.

Dental bridges are crucial in restoring your smile's form and function. Visit Parke & Rogers Dentistry at 9191 Pinecroft Dr STE 270, The Woodlands, TX 77380, or call (281) 419-2632 to learn more about dental bridges.

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