What is a Dental Bridge and What is it Used For?

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Has your dentist mentioned that you could use a dental bridge? Dental bridges are a popular choice for those who are missing one or more of their teeth.

A healthy mouth is one that has a full set of teeth. Even one missing tooth can cause dental problems and lead to poor oral health. Additionally, a missing tooth can also reduce your self-confidence.

Some people even stop caring for their teeth after losing a tooth because their self-esteem falls so low.

Finding a suitable tooth replacement option should be your first priority if you are missing a tooth.

How a dental bridge can help

Dental bridges are fixed dental restorations that are used to replace missing teeth. They are custom made to fit perfectly in your mouth to fill the gap left by the lost tooth.

While having a full set of teeth once again is the greatest benefit, there are a few additional benefits that come with this restoration. For example, you may find it easier to eat and speak after replacing a missing tooth.

The 3 main types of dental bridges

There are three types of dental bridges that are available to patients who are missing teeth.

Traditional bridge

The first type is the traditional bridge. This bridge will connect to the teeth via a dental crown on either side of the now empty space. These teeth help to hold the bridge securely in place.

Cantilever bridge

The second type of bridge is the cantilever bridge. Dentists often use this when there is only one a tooth on one side that can support the restoration.

Maryland bridge

The third type of bridge is called a Maryland bridge, also known as a resin-bonded bridge. Maryland bridges offer a conservative approach. Instead of using a dental crown to connect to the neighboring teeth, the bridge attaches to flaps that sit behind nearby teeth.

Dental bridge care

It is essential that you take care of your dental bridge as well as the rest of your teeth.

Caring for a bridge is easy since you do not have to use any special tools. Proper dental care includes brushing the teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You can use mouthwash to kill any lingering bacteria.

The most important part is to schedule regular dental appointments. At these visits, your dentist can ensure that the bridge is still doing its job correctly.

Do you need to replace any missing teeth?

Do you think a dental bridge is in your near future? If you are missing a tooth, it may be time to consider this option.

Since there are a few different types of dental bridges available, it is best to speak with a dentist to see which is most effective.

Please call our office to schedule an appointment. The sooner you learn which dental bridge or other option works best, the quicker you can begin to restore your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://www.oaktreefamilydental.com or call Oak Tree Dental at (703) 763-5239 for an appointment in our McLean office.

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