Do you have a missing tooth which makes your appearance less appealing? So, what are you doing for the same?
We know that the teeth are the only part of our body which cannot heal itself, unlike skin. If you lose one, then a prosthetic device can help in filling the gap. All you need to do is visit the dentist. They will help you in deciding which is the best alternative to missing teeth basis your jaw structure.
Though missing teeth can be replaced with a number of prosthetic options here we will talk about one of them i.e. a Dental Bridge.
As the name suggests, the dental bridge literally bridges the gaps created by missing teeth. In this, the missing tooth is replaced by pontics which are supported by the crowns on each side or the abutments. They are placed over the missing teeth and is suitable in almost all the cases where the tooth is missing.
It has a lot of benefits attached such as – it improves the looks of the person and will provide rationale functionality to the tooth. With the advancement in dental technology, the dental bridges look almost like your natural teeth. All of this will lead to good oral health.
Today we have options amongst the dental bridges from which you can easily pick and choose which one to go ahead. The options include:
Traditional Dental Bridge
The most common type of bridge. The traditional bridge is strong and durable. It consists of three crowns. One is placed on the missing tooth and the other two supporting the adjacent tooth. the placement of this type of bridge requires some work in the adjacent teeth. The dentist will trim down the adjacent teeth so that he/she can place new crowns over the same. This is done to ensure that the bridge fixes properly. Over the past decade or so, an implant-supported bridge is majorly in the system as it provides the required support and adds on to the life of the bridges. Moreover, the natural tooth is preserved in the same.
Unlike the traditional bridge, cantilever bridge requires trimming or correction in only one adjacent tooth. The dentist does not suggest going with this type of bridge for the back teeth like the molars because used for chewing will put the force on the teeth and this type of bridge might not support the force applied by the back teeth. They will either damage or have the chances of collapsing. Though such a bridge is not in much use, yet only your Doctor can suggest better. In certain cases, this type of bridge works wonders but that totally depends upon case to case and it also restores the natural tooth of the patient preventing it from the damage.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
Maryland bonded bridge is made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metals, plastic or gum supported by metal or porcelain. Since these have wings attached to the adjacent teeth, therefore, they require minimal alteration of the adjacent teeth. When earlier these wings were made of metals which sometimes ended up discoloring the teeth, now the advancement in dentistry has introduced resin wings which can be custom made to blend naturally to your teeth. Normally, the Maryland dental bridge is used to replace one missing tooth, however, your dentist can get the same fixed for even two or more missing teeth.
Getting Dental Bridge can prove to be a useful alternative if you do not want to undertake the surgical route. The process is not that long and not at all painful.
The cost incurred will vary from bridge to case and the type of bridge will vary from case to case. Depending on your need your dentist can let you know the cost. The materials used differ in cost and that factor is important before you decide to go ahead with the treatment. The financing options available today make it easier to bear the cost if it seems high.
The dental bridges can last up to 10 years and even more if you maintain good oral hygiene practices such as maintaining the right diet and proper maintenance of daily brushing check.
The risks factor includes failure of dental bridges if the adjacent supportive teeth are not strong enough. Not only the teeth but your gums too need to be healthy and strong. Another risk factor involved in the same is that it can be used to replace at max three missing tooth from the gumline.
So, if you are looking for options for missing teeth, then look for the dental clinic nearby and fix a dentist appointment. Only they can let you know the right option for you.