Why do You Need Dental Bridges?

Why do You Need Dental Bridges?

April 1, 2021

Dental bridges come to replace one or more missing teeth using an artificial false tooth. The artificial tooth has dental crowns on either side to hold the fake tooth into place.

Children get pediatric dental bridges that replace their missing artificial teeth, filling in the gap to maintain the facial structure. However, dental bridges are not permanent for children because they await the natural permanent tooth’s growth.

Who Needs a Tooth Bridge?

You can opt for a dental bridge near you for many reasons. Some people get dental bridges for cosmetic purposes to restore the aesthetic look of their smiles, while others need a bridge for functional benefits. You can also get a dental bridge as a preventative measure.

In most cases, people whose teeth are severely damaged by the effects of tooth decay or gum disease end up extracting those teeth. You can also lose a tooth due to congenital conditions. In all cases of missing teeth, a dental bridge will help you.

Still, not everyone is a good candidate for a dental bridge. To get a traditional bridge, you need two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. You will also need a healthy tooth to get a cantilever bridge, at least on one side of the gap.

What Are the Functions of Dental Bridges?

Bridges at All Smiles Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry serve various reasons. Teeth work together when chewing. The presence of a missing tooth gap causes teeth in the opposite jaw to move in towards the space. The effects of this are:

  • Bite problems
  • Chewing Difficulties
  • Pain when you excessively stress the jaw
  • Self-consciousness on your smile appearance

What is the Best Dental Bridge?

While dental bridges serve the one sole purpose, replacing missing teeth, there are differences in the different types of bridges. Here is a list of dental bridges and the differences.

  • Traditional Fixed Bridge

It’s the most common type of dental bridge and involves a false tooth held in place by two artificial crowns. These anchoring crowns (abutment teeth) are cemented onto the existing natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap.

Traditional bridges are mostly made using metal, porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and ceramics. To qualify for a conventional bridge, you need to have two healthy natural teeth on the sides of the gap.

  • Cantilever Bridge

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but Dr. James Steyer uses them only when you have one healthy tooth in the missing tooth gap. The supporting crown is attached to only one abutment teeth.

  • Maryland Dental Bridge

This is similar to a traditional dental bridge in that it employs two abutment teeth on both sides of the gap. However, instead of using crowns as support, Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework to attach to the abutment teeth backs. You must have two natural teeth n the sides of the missing tooth gap.

  • Implant-Supported Bridge

Instead of frameworks or artificial crowns, implant-supported bridges use dental implants for support. The process involves the implant’s surgical placement in the missing tooth’s space, then a crown attached to the implant.

If it’s impossible to have a tooth implant for every missing tooth, you can have a pontic suspended between two tooth implants.

This type of bridge is considered to be the strongest system and has maximum stability. The process requires two procedures: embed the implant into the jawbone and another to place the dental bridge. The procedure can take several months to complete.

Can a Dental Bridge be Adjusted?

Yes, dental bridges can be repaired and adjusted. However, the adjustment depends on the cause of the failure. If it’s an issue with the abutment teeth, your dentist removes the whole bridge. Fixed bridges are cemented onto the abutment teeth, so removal might require breaking the entire bridge. After treating the supporting teeth, the dentist then makes a replacement bridge.

If the abutment teeth are unrestorable, the dentist might use dental implants to replace the missing teeth, to support the bridge replacement.

It’s also possible to crack or chip the bridge’s surface while the whole bridge remains okay. Here the dentist repairs only the coating. Dentists can also repair a chipped replacement tooth too.