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It’s been around for yonks, but the humble dental bridge is still playing its part in the fight against dental gaps.

We probably spend a lot of time in these blogs of ours writing about the newer and more advanced innovations in the field of dentistry, but make no mistake about it, there’s still a big future for older, more established treatments such as a dental bridge.

And as with many things in life, they can seem fairly simplistic with the passing of time, but in its day, the bridge was a really important breakthrough for dentists and patients alike.

The problem that it addressed was previously a very difficult one to solve. The dental bridge came about as a way of replacing a missing tooth (or perhaps multiple teeth) by linking up a prefabricated tooth to the adjoining teeth. They can also be used for bridging a gap to a dental implant.


Evolving over time

As with any new dental intervention, dental bridges have evolved fairly rapidly over the following years. Today, your dentist can choose from a range of different bridge types, to allow them maximum flexibibility in treating different mouth shapes and different circumstances.


The differences in the range of bridges in use is evident not just in the manned in which they’re fabricated, but also in terms of how they form an anchor to the adjoining teeth.


The following brief summaries will give you a simple overview of how they work – and how they differ from each other:

• The Traditional Bridge. It’s fair to say that this is the most common of all the bridges that we use here at MyDental. Typically, it is made of ceramic material, although you’ll sometimes come across an occasional porcelain model with older patients. What defines the traditional bridge is that your dentist makes a crown for the teeth to each side of the missing gnasher. Once the bridge treatment has been completed, you can have full confidence in it as it's a particularly robust form of treatment. And if you take good care of it, it should comfortably last as long as your normal teeth.

The Cantilever Bridge. This is another form of bridge that you’ll come across quite regularly. As a rule of thumb, this type is used by your dentist when there are teeth on one side of the gap – but not on the other side. One of the potential challenges with this bridge is that it can exert a lot of force on other teeth, so it tends not to be used that often for back teeth, where pressure levels are higher.

• The Maryland Bridge. The Maryland bridge is slightly more complex than other forms of bridge. As part of this process, your dentist first creates a form of scaffold, and the replacement tooth is then affixed to this, giving it a snug and tight fit that won't budge under normal eating or chewing forces.


What’s the story on cost?

Because of the level of work involved, you might be inclined to think that the typical dental bridge cost would make a deep dent in your pocket. This is not the case, hoever, as the process has become very streamlined over the years.

And remember that you can choose to avail of our 0% Dental Finance Plan, which lets you spread the cost over three, six or nine months.

If you’d like to find out more on this topic, you could do worse than check out this article on the very fine WebMD site - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-bridges#2