If you happen to have a missing tooth, or a few missing teeth, it can really put a damper on your confidence and overall self-esteem. Thankfully, there is a way for you to address this problem, and this is by opting for dental bridges.
This a dental procedure that involves your dentist closing the gaps between your teeth by placing a false tooth (or teeth) between abutment teeth. These false (pontic) teeth can be made out a variety of different materials, however, if you want a natural-looking smile, porcelain will blend in perfectly with your natural teeth. If you want to know whether or not you are a candidate for a dental bridge, you can book an appointment at Auslander Dental and let an expert evaluate your case and needs for you.
There are four kinds of dental bridges, namely traditional, cantilever, Maryland and implant-supported dental bridge. A traditional dental bridge is the most popular kind of dental bridge and is used when you have natural teeth between both ends of the missing tooth gap. A cantilever dental bridge is different in the sense that only requires one natural tooth next to the gap created by the missing tooth. So, you do not need to have natural teeth on both sides of the gap. A Maryland dental bridge, like a traditional bridge, requires natural teeth on both sides of the missing gap, however, it uses either porcelain or metal frameworks to bond with the abutment teeth as opposed to dental crowns. Lastly, an implant-supported dental bridge uses dental implants instead of frameworks or dental crowns. The implants are what will hold the bridge in position. This is a really strong system, however, it will require at least two surgeries. Ultimately your dentist will decide which kind of implant is best suited for your needs.