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It’s been around for generations, but a dental bridge is still doing the business for millions of patients around the world.

Now that Santa has been and gone, our thoughts turn to how well this great man has lasted through the centuries. His fame is greater than ever, and despite an ever-more cynical world, he still manages to bring magic to millions of people around the world each year.

The point that this highlights is that sometimes there’s no point in fixing something when it's not broken. This is particularly apt in our own field of dentistry, as there are many procedures in common use today that have been around for generations.

We’re thinking of the dental bridge, which has been solving the problem of a gap in a smile for longer than we care to remember.

And like any product that lasts so long, it's a testament to the quality of the concept, which is that you can build a simple bridge structure between the teeth on either side of the gap, and use this to fix a fabricated tooth in place.

Just because it's been around for yonks, however, doesn’t mean that there haven’t been numerous developments in the treatment over the years. These days, dentists can take their pick of a number of different forms of bride, each with a particular benefit for a particular set of circumstances.

The fact of the matter is that no two mouths are the same – and no two patients are the same. So to make sure that each gap is filled to perfection, your dentist will typically choose from one of the following:

• The Traditional Bridge. This is one that we’re very familiar with here at MyDental. It’s generally made of ceramic material, but you can also find some made of porcelain. It’s a very robust form of treatment, and you can have full confidence in your replacement tooth as it will behave pretty much like all your other teeth once it's been fixed in place.

The Cantilever Bridge. This raises the level of complexity a tad. It is normally used in cases where there are no teeth on one side of the gap, ergo no anchoring point for the bridge.

• The Maryland Bridge. This is the most elaborate form of all dental bridges and involves constructing a form of scaffolding which is used to support a replacement tooth.

But whichever form of bridge your dentist deems to be the best solution, we can assure you that it's a very successful form of treatment, both from an aesthetic and a functional point of view.

And if you’re asking what does a dental bridge cost, you’ll be happy to learn that it certainly won't break the bank. And remember, of course, that you can spread the cost of any major treatment over three months, six months or nine months – thanks to our 0% Dental Finance Plan.

If you’d like to read more on this topic, our friends at the WebMD site have a great article to get you started - http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-bridges#2