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What Are Bridges?

If you have one or more missing teeth, Wetherill Family Dentistry can close those gaps with dental bridges. Dental bridges are natural-looking dental prosthetics that anchor to adjacent teeth.

Dental bridges are one of the most commonly used treatments in Wilmington for replacing missing teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

In dentistry, a bridge is a false tooth (called a “pontic”) attached to either side of a gap by the adjacent teeth (which are called the “abutment teeth”). There are several different types of bridges.

Traditional bridges consist of a false tooth or teeth affixed to each of the abutment teeth by dental crowns. Traditional dental bridges are the most common, and they are for when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap caused by a missing tooth.

While cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges, with only one abutment tooth cemented to the pontic, a cantilever bridge requires only one natural tooth adjacent to the gap left by the missing tooth.

The term “implant-supported bridge” refers to a bridge supported by dental implants rather than by crowns or frames. In general, for each missing tooth, one implant is surgically placed, and these implants serve as a support for the bridge. Constructing a bridge by suspending a pontic between two implant-supported crowns is possible if a single implant is not feasible for each missing tooth.

Choosing between a dental bridge and an implant

Dental insurance plans commonly cover bridges and implants. A dental bridge can last between 5 and 15 years if properly cared for, while dental implants are considered a permanent solution. The quality of dental hygiene can affect the life expectancy of all types of bridges, including dental implants.

What Is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?

The loss of a tooth or teeth can cause various problems for you. You can address these issues with a dental bridge, such as:

  • Restoring chewing function
  • Restoring your pronunciation and speech
  • Preserving the shape of your face
  • Readjusting your bite for chewing
  • Maintaining the correct position of your remaining teeth

However, it would be best to consider many factors before deciding on dental bridges. These include your health and the location of the missing teeth. Cost can be another factor for many people, especially concerning insurance coverage. Dr. Wetherill will be able to discuss treatment options for your particular situation that best suit your dental health needs.

Are Bridges Right For You?

If you would like to learn more about dental bridges and see if they are the right solution for your smile, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

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