A tooth bridge is a bit of a magic-worker.
You can choose from a number of different dental bridges to sort that gap in your smile. Here's why.
It’s strange how you think you know someone, but then find out that you barely knew them at all! For example, we went for a stroll last weekend with an old pal of ours who has an absolutely dazzling smile. His name is Jim and we had always presumed that he was one of those lucky – and conscientious – people who didn’t have a single filling in his head.
That all changed, however, when he mentioned to us that he’d had several ‘interventions’ over the year on the part of his dentist. You could have knocked us down with a feather when he told us that he had no fewer than three dental bridges in place in various parts of his mouth.
Apparently, one of these came about when he fell off a bicycle as a college student, one resulted when he lost a tooth in an overly-rough game of five-a-side football, and the third was the outcome of an accident (which he didn't elaborate on, but which we suspect may have involved hard liquor!
Anyway, he was fairly proud of his bridges, particularly when we told him that we’d never noticed them, and that they fitted in brilliantly with his other teeth.
The dental bridge is also known as a tooth bridge, and is based on a very simple form of dental engineering. At its simplest, it involves a simple structure that spans the gap between two teeth, being anchored firmly by them, and has a fabricated tooth fitted to it.
In some cases, of course, the ‘tooth’ on one sides of the gap may be an implant, but the process is pretty similar regardless.
One of the big advantages of a dental bridge is that it's a very simple yet affordable way of replacing a missing tooth – or multiple teeth.
Are all bridges the same?
No. Just as engineers would have to develop different styles of bridges depending on the particular circumstances they faces, it's pretty much the same with dentists.
All bridges do the same basic job and all are equally effective, but there are three different types that you’ll come across time and time again.
The two that are most common are the Traditional Bridge and the Maryland Bridge, while the Cantilever Bridge is somewhat ‘rarer’, and is only used in relatively complex circumstances.
As to the cost of bridges these days, the price has tumbled in recent years in response to a greater sense of streamlining in the modern dental surgery.
And remember that, here at MyDental, you always have the option of spreading your costs over a number of months – so there’s no need to write a single cheque. This can be particularly helpful at times of the year – such as Christmas – when you tend to have a lot of other expenses to shell out for.
The bottom line is that there’s simply no need to put up with a gap in your smile when a dental bridge is such an easy and affordable way of sorting the problem. So why not drop in to us and let us spell out your options when it comes to replacing a gap, whether it's a denture, an implant or a bridge.
Meanwhile, you can study this topic in greater detail by logging on to the following article - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-bridges#2