A dental bridge is a prosthetic replacement for a missing tooth. Dental bridges come in different materials that are meant to serve specific types of tooth loss. Below are three primary types of dental bridges:
- Traditional bridges
- Maryland Bonded Bridges
- Cantilever bridges
The following factors will help you determine the best type of dental bridge for you:
- Appearance: Aesthetic preference influences the dental bridge type the dentist recommends for you. Traditional bridges or cantilever bridges may not be the best for you if you’re looking for a discreet solution to your problem. The two require reshaping and crowning of the adjacent teeth to accommodate and support the prosthesis. This may be visible if applied on front teeth.
- Position of a gap: The position of the gap you want to fill is also vital in choosing the dental bridge type that suits you best. Cantilever bridges, for instance, are not recommended for back teeth as bite pressure may exert too much stress on the abutment tooth causing it to rock out of position or even break.
- Oral health: Traditional and cantilever bridges can only be fixed on teeth that are strong and whose surrounding gum is healthy. If you have an oral infection such as periodontal disease or have an injury on gum tissue or a tooth adjacent to the gap, you may have to wait until recovery before undergoing the procedure.
Maryland bonded bridges can be used on you regardless of the status of your oral health. However, you may have to forfeit the strength, stability, and durability sported by traditional bridges to enjoy this.
Copper Canyon Dentistry offers dental bridges, dental implants and several other forms of tooth replacement in Valencia. Call us today to know more about our services and schedule an appointment.