Dental bridges are one of the options our Boston and Cambridge area dentists offer for replacing missing teeth. Used to literally bridge a gap between one or more missing teeth, this option is ideal for people who are looking for a non-removable solution to dentures.
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional – for traditional bridges, dental crowns are placed over adjacent teeth and used to hold your restorations in place.
Cantilever – when only one adjacent tooth is available to support a bridge, our dentists can use this option.
Maryland – also known as resin bonded bridges, this option utilizes bonding to hold plastic teeth and gums in place.
Of these options, traditional dental bridges offer the greatest support. The solution best for your smile will be determined by Ryan M. Clancy, DMD, MAGD, LVIF during your examination.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges offer a number of benefits including:
Restored chewing and biting function
Prevention of adjacent tooth shifting
Prevention of uneven tooth wear
Even bite tension
It is important to remember that dental bridges are not a permanent solution. Because they sit on top of your jaw, they are incapable of preventing the jawbone around the missing tooth from shrinking. Due to this, your bridges will need to be adjusted or replaced at some time in the future. To avoid this problem, our dentists may recommend dental implants instead of bridges. This will be based on both your desires and needs.
Dental Bridge Candidates
If you are missing one or more teeth and are not interested in a removable solution such as dentures, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. Ideal candidates for this procedure should be free of gum disease and other oral health issues and have a full understanding of all of their tooth replacement options.
During your initial consultation, we will be happy to discuss your options, answer any dental bridge questions you may have, and help you determine if this procedure is right for you.
If you live in or around Medford, Boston, Winchester, Cambridge or Somerville, Massachusetts and are interested in learning more about dental bridges, please contact Cosmetic & Esthetic Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation.