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If you’ve forgotten about dental bridges, it's time for a quick reminder. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s fair to say that there has never been a time in history when we were more preoccupied with our dental health – and the aesthetic quality of our smiles. Part of this, of course, is dues to greater affluence. We can afford to take care of ourselves that bit better in general – including regular visits to the dentist and investment in whatever treatment may be needed.

We’re also victims of the ‘beautiful culture’, where the faces we see on television all seem to have a flashing, white smile. This has had a huge impact in raising public expectations as to what a great smile can look like.

But what about those who have been dealt a bad hand by Mother Nature, or who may have had an accident causing dental damage?

Well, the good news is that modern-day dentistry is well capable of delivering affordable solutions for pretty much every deficiency in your smile. Some of these solutions are very high-tech and contemporary, while others – like dental bridges – seem to have been around forever.

This doesn't mean that it is any less effective. Quite the opposite, in fact. Your dentist will still turn to the humble tooth bridge on a regular basis on cases where he needs to replace a missing tooth (or teeth) by fixing a prefabricated tooth onto the surrounding teeth. Your dentist may also look to this form of treamtmebt for spanning an unsightly gap to a dental implant.


Are all bridges the same?

No – not at all. Your dentist needs a degree of flexibility when dealing with a missing tooth, taking into account the size and shape of the mouth, along with a range of other factors.

The differences between one type of bridge and another is not particularly obvious to the layman, but there’s quite an important difference in how they work. Here’s a quick summary of the type that your dentist can call on:

• Traditional Bridge. The most common form of bridge is the traditional bridge, which is usually made from ceramic material, although you’ll also come across porcelain variants. It’s a very robust form of treatment and you can have complete confidence in your biting or chewing power once it’s been fitted.

Cantilever Bridge. This form of bridge is normally used by your dentist in cases where there may be teeth to one side of the gap, but not on the other side. It tends not to be used for treating missing back teeth, as it exerts quite a lot of pressure.

• Maryland Bridge. Maryland bridges are used for less straightforward cases. Your dentist makes a type of scaffold, onto which the replacement tooth is fitted.

Like to find out more?


If you're missing a tooth or two, why not drop in to us and let us have a look at the problem. Or if you prefer, you can read more at the following link, courtesy of WebMD - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-bridges#2