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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges in Cary, NC

Millions of people in the United States rely on dental bridges to make everyday activities like talking and eating easier. A dental bridge is an affordable treatment for patients with one or more missing teeth. The device is known as a ‘bridge’ as it actually bridges the gap created by a missing tooth.  A standard bridge consists of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) supported by two abutments (dental crowns). While commonly constructed of porcelain for a more natural appearance, a bridge can also be made from other materials like gold or silver amalgam.

Why You Might Need a Bridge

You may be wondering in what situation you might need a dental bridge. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a good candidate for a bridge. Your teeth are designed to work together. When you lose a one or more teeth, you leave an empty space in which nearby teeth may tilt or shift into. The teeth in the opposing jaw may also move up or down to help fill in the gap. Shifting of your teeth puts tension on your jaw and teeth which can cause pain. You may also experience issues with your bite.

Not only is there a concern with your teeth shifting, you may also consider how you will clean your teeth. Teeth that have shifted or tilted are more difficult to clean and maintain. This results in an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Bone shrinkage is also a common problem. When a tooth is lost, the bone that used to support that tooth can begin to shrink, changing the way the jawbone supports the cheeks and lips. This can make you appear older than you really are as your face starts to sink inwards.

Main Types of Dental Bridges

There are four main types of dental bridges used to replace missing teeth. These include:

  • Traditional Bridges: This is the most popular type of bridge. Traditional bridges consist of one or more pontics held in place by abutments. The abutments are cemented onto the teeth on either side of the missing tooth space.
  • Cantilever Bridges: Another treatment option for replacing missing teeth is cantilever bridges. This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but has a pontic that is supported by a single abutment on one side, rather than both sides.
  • Maryland Bridges: Maryland bridges consist of a pontic supported by a porcelain or metal framework. This framework is securely attached to the back of the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges: The final option is an implant-supported bridge. If you more than one tooth missing, this type of bridge is the ultimate option. Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants instead of crowns.

Learn More About Dental Bridges

Are you a good candidate for a dental bridge? To learn more about dental bridges or to find out if this treatment option is right for you, contact our office today.