What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are used by dentists in Bartell Dental to replace missing teeth. Having a terrific smile is a first thing that people will notice about you. If you have dental problems, it can be both painful and embarrassing. It can color each and everything that you do. Sometimes the only option to relieve the pain is to have the tooth pulled. This will leave you with a gapping whole within your mouth where the tooth used to be.
Dental bridges are called such because they are bridged between two healthy teeth. Normally the false tooth is secured to a plate that sits within the mouth; the plate is then secured with a steel hook on either side to a healthy tooth, typically the kind that is made in this way can be removed from the mouth.
There are two kinds of bridges, a permanent type, and a removable type. The permanent type is cemented into place with tooth bond. The removable kind can be taken in and out of the mouth to be cleaned. From time to time the removable kind is referred to as a flipper or a partial plate.
Dental bridges are much more favorable than full false teeth. You should try to save each and every natural tooth that you could. A lot of folks does not realize how important it’s to hang on to as many teeth of their own. Dental bridges make it possible.

A dental bridge is a way of replacing one or more missing teeth by permanently fixing the replacement tooth to one or more of your standing teeth. As with most things, there’s more than one way of doing this, and each comes with its pros and cons.

There are 2 main kinds of dental bridges: those that require other teeth to be modified to support them and those that don’t – or which require only a minor adjustment. This second type is often referred to as adhesive or ‘Maryland’ bridges and is held in place using a ‘wing’ which is cemented to the back of one or more teeth beside the gap. The number of wings required to support the replacement tooth depends on the bite.

Maryland bridges are used mainly at the front of the mouth if the teeth next to gap are sound and have no large fillings or crowns. The main advantage is that only minimal shaping of the supporting teeth is required – so you usually don’t need an injection. There are two potential disadvantages of the traditional Maryland bridge:

1. They are not as strong as conventional bridges and are more likely to come unglued.

2. The pontic of this sort of bridge cannot be translucent like natural teeth because the supporting metal framework would show through. Also, because teeth are translucent, the metal wings can give a gray cast to the supporting teeth. To get around this problem, adhesive bridges with fibre-reinforced natural colored plastic wings are available, but they are more expensive than the metal type.