Dental bridges function to close gaps created by missing teeth. A typical dental bridge has two crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth. They may be placed on real teeth or dental implants. An artificial tooth called a pontic is used to replace the missing tooth. Materials for dental bridges may be made out of porcelain, alloy, or gold.
Dental bridges have made it possible for people with missing teeth to have beautiful, natural, and healthy looking smiles, where in the past they would have had no option but to continue living with missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland-bonded bridges. The traditional dental bridges are the most common type and are used when the patient has two existing teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing tooth or teeth. During the procedure, the teeth on either side of the gap will be prepped and shaved down to better accommodate the pontic(s). Cantilever bridges, on the other hand, are recommended for patients who only have a tooth available on one side to hold a crown. Maryland-bonded bridges are used to replace a patient’s front teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges have made it possible for individuals with missing teeth to have beautiful and healthy looking smiles. Dental issues – whether big or small – can have a big effect on how you feel about yourself. People with missing teeth may not be happy with how they look. With dental bridges, insecurities caused by missing teeth are a problem of the past.
The benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restoration of a beautiful and healthy looking smile that looks natural
- Achieving a more youthful look
- Restoring normal mouth functions such as chewing
- Restoring normal speech function and clarity of speech
- Proper distribution of bite force to decrease stress on other teeth
- Preventing serious dental problems such as the surrounding teeth slipping into the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth
- Improving overall oral health
- Customization – A broad array of choices in pontic materials and costs
- Very low-maintenance – Care for dental bridges is similar to how you would care for your natural teeth
Not everyone with missing teeth is a good candidate for dental bridges. Only a dentist can determine if dental bridges are the right choice for you after conducting an examination and ordering diagnostic tests.
Dental Bridges in Henderson, Nevada
Our dental team at Dedicated Dental creates natural-looking and well-fitting bridges for our patients across Nevada. We are happy to give you the smile transformation you desire.
If you are curious about whether dental bridges are right for you or have any questions about the procedure, call Dedicated Dental at (702) 566-5509 or request an appointment now. We welcome your call and are eager to assist you in all your dental needs!
For your convenience, we accept same-day appointments – because we know that dental emergencies often come unannounced!