Taking care of your oral health is as important as your physical health. When talking about oral health, teeth are the most important part of it. Teeth play an important role in many necessary daily functions, such as eating and speaking. Some of the latest research shows that reduced eating function contributes to the degeneration of brain neurons directly leading to impaired memory function…..memory loss. This is a very important new finding! Other than that, having a beautiful set of teeth also makes your smile and overall personality more attractive. An attractive smile is associated with good health and a youthful appearance. So, taking good care of your mouth and replacing missing teeth is necessary for optimal oral health, optimal heart health, and optimal brain function.

Losing one or more teeth can cause problems in speaking and eating and also degrades your smile and overall personality. However, there is a solution to overcome this problem. Replacing teeth using crowns on dental implants or by preparing natural teeth to accept crowns or bridges.  Dental Bridges are the most ideal and safe solution to make up for a missing tooth and recover your beautiful smile and overall looks.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a cosmetic dental restoration technique with usually two important components: replacement tooth and dental crowns. Dental crowns are attached on the both sides of replacement tooth (also known as a pontic). In this procedure, a replacement tooth is placed on the missing tooth spot and the dental crowns are fixed on the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Therefore, a bridge, made up of replacement tooth and crowns, is created to cover the empty spot while using the neighboring teeth or dental implants as the support of the bridge or replacement tooth. That is why it is known as the fixed dental bridge.

Dental bridges can also be used to make up for more than one missing teeth. The replacement tooth used in the procedure is made up of porcelain, gold, alloy, or mixture of these materials. The material used depends on the location of missing tooth and the condition of patient. It’s important that your modern up to date Dentist is aware of the different material options. It is your dentist’s responsibility to pick the proper material. Some back tooth fixed dental bridges need strength. Anterior or front bridges need the finest esthetics to be beautiful. Some materials offer a combination of strength and beautiful results. It is your dentist’s job to know this so he can work hand in hand with his laboratory to give you a long lasting beautiful result.

Your dentist must also know where the crowns and bridges are made. Some dentists and laboratories will send a patient’s crown or fixed bridge to China to be made. This saves the dentist money, but the regulations about materials used in China is not the same as crowns and dental fixed bridges made entirely in the United States.

Dental bridges come in three main types

Traditional Bridges:

This type of bridge is made up of a metal substructure with porcelains on top, all ceramic, or Zirconia. These are placed on either implant abutment posts or prepared shaped teeth. The modern informed dentist will often have the implants placed in such a position that the bridge can be screwed into the implant abutment posts so no cement needs to be used. A traditional tooth bridge is cemented onto teeth.

Cantilever Bridges:

This type of bridge is only used in case when there is no tooth on the either side of the missing tooth spot.

Maryland Bonded Bridges:

This type of bridge is often used as a temporary fix to hold a spot where there is no tooth until the patient or bone remodeling is ready to accept an implant. This is usually used as a front tooth space holder. It is cemented on the back part of the teeth so the “wings” that hold the false tooth (pontic) cannot be seen. This type involves a metal framework to support the porcelain. These metal wings are then attached to the neighboring natural teeth.

Dental bridges on multiple teeth, dental bridges on multiple implants, or single implant crowns are the best dental services utilized to replace missing teeth. These replacement teeth can give you a beautiful functional smile, while protecting the other teeth, and allow you to eat whatever foods you desire in a natural and comfortable manner.