What Are Dental Bridges?

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a way of replacing one or more missing teeth by permanently fixing the replacement tooth to one or more of your standing teeth. As with most things, there’s more than one way of doing this, and each comes with its pros and cons.

There are 2 main kinds of dental bridges: those that require other teeth to be modified to support them and those that don’t – or which require only a minor adjustment. This second type is often referred to as adhesive or ‘Maryland’ bridges and is held in place using a ‘wing’ which is cemented to the back of one or more teeth beside the gap. The number of wings required to support the replacement tooth depends on the bite.

Maryland bridges are used mainly at the front of the mouth if the teeth next to gap are sound and have no large fillings or crowns. The main advantage is that only minimal shaping of the supporting teeth is required – so you usually don’t need an injection. There are two potential disadvantages of the traditional Maryland bridge:

1. They are not as strong as conventional bridges and are more likely to come unglued.

2. The pontic of this sort of bridge cannot be translucent like natural teeth because the supporting metal framework would show through. Also, because teeth are translucent, the metal wings can give a gray cast to the supporting teeth. To get around this problem, adhesive bridges with fibre-reinforced natural colored plastic wings are available, but they are more expensive than the metal type.

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