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Your Guide to Choose the Right Dental Bridge Type

If you have missing, broken, or severely damaged teeth and are thinking about dental restoration options, you may have heard about dental bridges from your dentist. Do you know dental bridges are available in different types, and your dentist will help you choose the appropriate one based on your teeth condition and individual preferences? 

Whether you are planning to get bridges Port Melbourne or elsewhere, learning about different types of dental bridges can help you make a smart decision.

Dental Bridge Type

Traditional Dental Bridges

These are the most common dental bridge type and an immediate choice to restore a single tooth. If you have a missing or broken tooth with healthy neighbouring teeth, you can be a candidate for traditional dental bridges. These bridges have a general design of one pontic or fake tooth and two abutment teeth on both sides. 

You can get traditional dental bridges for two adjacent missing teeth by choosing a two-pontic teeth design. The abutment teeth are generally fixed to the neighbouring teeth – after trimming and shaping the neighbouring teeth. Traditional dental bridges are generally crafted from ceramic or porcelain-fused metal for durable performance. 

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges work like traditional bridges but have a different design. Instead of two abutment teeth, these bridges have only one abutment attached to one of the neighbouring teeth. This can be the choice for people who have a missing or broken tooth with only one adjacent natural tooth. 

Your dentist will prepare the neighbouring tooth before fixing the bridge. The bridge is usually cemented to the neighbouring tooth to give permanent results. Since these bridges are supported on only one side, they generally give less stable results than traditional bridges. 

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges are fixed quite similar to traditional bridges. But instead of abutment teeth, these have porcelain or metal bands on both sides of the pontic tooth to the adjacent natural teeth. Compared to traditional bridges, Maryland bridges do not require the trimming of the neighbouring teeth. Instead, the bands are cemented to the adjacent teeth using a special type of resin material. 

However, these bridges are not as durable as traditional bridges because they are fixed with bonding material. Compared to posterior teeth, Maryland bridges are an excellent choice for frontal teeth. 

Implant-Supported Bridges

If you want to restore multiple teeth, implant-supported bridges are an excellent option for you. Since they are fixed into your jawbone using dental implants, these bridges function like your natural teeth and give highly durable results. The implants are placed on your jawbone through an invasive procedure. 

These implants are suitable for people who have lost 2-4 adjacent teeth in a row. Dentists may either choose to put individual implants for each missing tooth or fix implants only for the teeth that are at both the ends of the missing teeth row. 

Conclusion: Give Excellent Care For Lasting Results

While most dental bridges last for 8-10 years, you can ensure highly stable results beyond ten years by giving excellent care. Brush twice a day, floss daily, minimize the consumption of hard food, and make regular dental visits to get lasting results with your prosthetic.

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