Losing a tooth or multiple teeth is a big deal and many people are at a loss as to what can be done about it. Dental bridges are becoming more and more common and are now easier to apply than ever before. But what is a dental bridge? Dental bridges can replace teeth that are missing, can give you back your confidence, and can help give you a comfortable bite and a comfortable mouth.  


A dental bridge is a dental appliance that helps to fill or bridge the gap left by a lost tooth or multiple lost teeth. The bridge is created specifically for the patient to replicate the teeth that have been lost to help improve overall teeth appearance and to help improve confidence and comfort. A bridge is created to help fill the gap left by lost teeth. The creation of the bridge is going to be unique for each patient. The dentist will first crown the two teeth that are on either side of the teeth that are lost. This is going to provide a strong anchor point for the bridge for maximum comfort and for durability. The bridge is measured and created to fit the mouth of the patient so that it is comfortable and works with their bite. The bridge is then installed by securing it to the two crowned abutment teeth.  


There are different types of bridges for different situations. Your dentist can tell you what type of bridge is going to work best for your particular situation. Traditional bridges – Traditional bridges are the most common and involve teeth that are lost with teeth surrounding the hole that was left. Cantilever bridges – Cantilever bridges that are used when there is only one adjacent tooth to affix the bridge to. These are not often recommended as they can cause extra stress in the back of the mouth. Maryland bonded bridges – Maryland bonded bridges are used with a framework. They are again bonded to surrounding teeth. Depending on the type of bridge you get, it may last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.   


There are a few different instances in which you may want or need a bridge. Often, if a bridge is needed for structural reasons to protect the integrity of your bite, your dentist will tell you so. Your dentist will recommend the procedure that is going to give you the most lasting comfort and that is going to keep your mouth feeling great. If your dentist recommends a bridge, odds are you need one. In many cases, a dentist will only recommend a bridge if the remainder of your teeth are still in good shape. A bridge will fill gaps left behind but will not damage existing teeth. Another reason you may want a dental bridge is to replace missing teeth. Teeth fall out for all sorts of reasons. There are three main ways to replace missing teeth: false teeth, dental bridges, and implants. False teeth are great if you have a large number of missing teeth. If you only have a few missing teeth, an implant or a bridge would be much better. How do you choose between a dental bridge and an implant? Bridges are often less painful than implants, tend to cost less, and can help you get almost instant results when done properly. In many cases, if you are unsure of your smile or you have missing teeth, a dental bridge is a great way to restore your smile.   If you or someone you know is thinking of having a dental bridge done, contact Dobson Dental Care today to schedule a risk-free visit to see what options are available to you. Your perfect smile may be waiting right around the corner.


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