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Maintaining Different Types of Dental Bridges

Posted on 4/17/2016 by Sergio Ortegon
A diagram of how a dental bridge works.If you are missing a tooth, it can be hard to bite, speak, communicate, or eat efficiently. It is crucial that you visit with your dentist in order to discuss replacement options, and in many cases, a bridge will be your best treatment method.

Dental bridges can help to restore your smile while maintaining your face shape, and there are several different options from which you will need to choose.

Types of Dental Bridges

The way that you care for your dental bridge will be relatively similar regardless of the variety that you choose, but it is important to note that there are three main options:

•  Traditional Bridge. A traditional bridge is the most popular used in Prosthodontics, and it is made from porcelain or ceramic materials that have been fused to metal. Dental crowns will be made for the teeth found on either side of the gap, and a false tooth (known as a pontic) will be fixed between them.
•  Cantilever Bridge. The cantilever bridge is used when a patient doesn't have a tooth on either side of the gap. The abatement teeth found next to one another will be prepped, and the pontic will then be attached to the end of it.
•  Maryland Bridge. This bridge is made from metal framing where the false tooth is attached to porcelain or metal wings that will be cemented to the two adjacent teeth. This is a good alternative to the traditional bridge.

Caring for Your Bridge

A permanent bridge will be cared for the same way that you care for your teeth. You'll need to clean the bridge properly, making sure that you get in between the pontic and the teeth using dental floss.

Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, as cleaning will help to reduce cavities and gum inflammation.

Please contact us if you have any questions about maintaining you dental bridge.
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