Gaps in your smile can be unsightly and make it difficult to eat and talk. If you’re missing a tooth, your dentist can fill in the gap using dental bridges.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is simply a false tooth held into place by the real teeth on either side of the gap. Dental bridges can be an alternative to other dental services like dentures or dental implants. After receiving your dental bridge, you will have to care for it like you would any normal tooth. This means brushing and flossing daily, as well as regular visits to the dentist.
Different Kinds of Dental Bridges
One of the most common dental bridges is the fixed bridge. This means the teeth on either side of the gap will be capped with dental crowns and fused together with another crown that fills the gap. Another common dental bridge is the cantilever bridge. As the name implies, this type of bridge only uses one tooth as an anchor. The Maryland bridge is one style of dental bridge that doesn’t use crowns to hold the false tooth in place. Instead, small wings made from metal or ceramic are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. This method is less invasive, but requires that the two adjacent teeth are strong and healthy.
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Consult with Our Experts
If you’re considering dental bridges, West Auckland residents can speak to the team at Titirangi Dental Centre to decide which tooth replacement option is best for your needs. Contact us today on 09 817 6057 to learn how we can help you achieve your dream smile.