Dental Bridges(Maryland Bridge) in Coral Gables, Florida
Dental bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements that help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth.
A dental bridge can be used to:
- Restore an attractive smile
- Reduce the risk of gum disease
- Restore the ability to bite and chew
- Improve speech
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Types Of Dental Bridges:
Also known as fixed bridges, traditional bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or a false tooth, in between. Fixed bridges are the most common type of dental bridges and are either made out of porcelain fused to metal or out of ceramics.
Also known as Maryland-bonded bridges, resin-bonded bridges are primarily used for the front teeth. They are less expensive than fixed bridges and are best for use when the teeth are healthy and do not have any large fillings. During this procedure, a false tooth is fused with resin to metal or resin bands which are then bonded to the adjacent teeth and hidden from view. Resin-bonded bridges require only minimal preparation of the adjacent teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can Dental bridges fall out?
Yes, they can fall out when they have poor retention. Some bridges may also have leakage, which can cause decay with the retainer crown.
How long do bridges last?
A fixed bridge can last anywhere between 5 and 15 years. Some tend to falter for such reasons as receding gums or broken porcelain. As long as a well-made bridge is put into a healthy mouth at the dentist office, it can be expected to last many years.
What is the difference between bridges and implants?
The difference between dental bridges and dental implants is that bridges require the teeth surrounding the missing teeth to be crowned as well so that a proper bridge can be constructed. In the case of implants, only the missing teeth are crowned. A small pin is first placed at the site of the missing tooth, and a crown is placed over the implant.