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Oct
06

Dental bridge treatment is effective and affordable if you’re missing teeth. Find out more right here.

dental bridge is a form of treatment that’s very common in Ireland, and you may well have friends with bridgework that you’re not even aware of.

This is because it’s very natural looking, and has been designed to fit in perfectly – in terms of shape and colour – with your existing teeth. You’ll be hard pressed to spot the difference yourself!

But first, let’s take a look at how a bridge is made. Your MyDental dentist will fit the bridge, but he doesn’t actually make it. It’s made in a dental laboratory by a very highly trained technician.

As the name suggests, a dental bridge spans a gap or an empty space – just as a real-life bridge does. Obviously, a dental crown would not work in this situation, as there is nothing for the crown to sit on.

The dental bridge, therefore, is a type of structure that provides the support mechanism for a replacement tooth. It uses the anchor points of adjoining teeth, and delivers a solution that is highly strong and robust and will let you handle anything from that fresh apple to that steak you love to eat.

How does dental bridge work?

We’ve already explained the basics, but here’s a little greater detail for you if you’re considering a tooth bridge.  The teeth on either side of the gap are known as abutment teeth.

A tooth bridge uses these as the main source of structural strength for applying the new tooth. This new tooth is known as the pontic tooth – after the Latin term for bridge.

There are a number of major benefits to using a dental bridge other than just the cosmetic benefits of getting your smile back. The dental bridge can also ensure that you don’t develop that hollow-cheeked look that sometimes accompanies a missing tooth or teeth.

Another big plus is that the abutment teeth now have something to keep them in place, so are unlikely to become loose over time.

Is there just one type of dental bridge? 

Patients differ in terms of their specific requirements, so your MyDental dentist can select from one of three common types of dental bridge.

  • Traditional bridge. This is the type you’re most likely to come across. As a general rule, it will be made of ceramics, although you’ll also find some porcelain models out there. Your dentist makes a dental crown for the teeth on either side of the one that’s missing and uses this to secure the replacement tooth.
  • Cantilever bridge. This is another quite common form of bridge, and it’s equally effective in solving the problem of missing teeth.
  • Maryland bridge. The Maryland might sound a little more complex, as it involves a sort of scaffolding structure which the dentist will use to form an anchor for the pontic tooth.

 

What does a dental bridge cost?

A dental bridge costs surprising little when you consider the fact that this is a job for life, and you can confidently expect your bridge to last at least as long as your teeth. And if you’d prefer not to pay for it all at once, you have the option of option of using our 0% Dental Finance plan.

This means that you can enjoy all the benefits of a dental bridge right now – but spread the cost over a number of months without being penalized in any way for the privilege of doing so.

So why not drop in t your MyDental dentist today and ask him to put a plan in place to get rid of that unsightly gap in your teeth.

You’ll be delighted with the results – and equally delighted with how little it costs you.