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When you need to replace multiple teeth, there are a few options available. Dental implants offer a permanent solution that functions as natural teeth do, however not everyone needs multiple implants to return to their daily lives. Sometimes a good quality dental bridge is all you need. To ensure that your bridge is the best quality possible, please visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental to learn more about our bridge design and how it will benefit your smile.
There are a few different types of dental bridges to consider. The first is the traditional dental bridge. This is the most common kind of bridge and consists of false teeth/tooth held in place via crowns on each tooth immediately next to the gap being bridged. This type of bridge requires two teeth, known as “abutment” teeth, one on each side of the gap.
The cantilever bridge is similar to the traditional bridge but differs in how it is held in place. Instead of two abutment teeth, a cantilever bridge requires only one. The Maryland bridge is also similar to the traditional bridge and uses two abutments, however, it differs in that crowns are not used. Instead, a framework of porcelain or metal bonded on the backs of the abutment teeth is used.
The implant-supported bridge is the final option. This type of dental bridge uses implants instead of frameworks or crowns to hold the bridge in place. Generally considered the most stable option, the bridge is placed over the implants - usually one per missing tooth - and fixed into place. This is often the most durable and secure type of bridge, however, you might find that another is better for your lifestyle. A dental professional can help you find the best option.
One of the major advantages of a quality dental bridge is that it is fully functional. It does not only look good and match your existing teeth - it enables you to return to your daily life quickly and easily with minimal, if any, change to your dietary habits. Our professionals have plenty of experience with creating bridges that look great and match your existing teeth while restoring your ability to each and chew without lengthy downtime.
In addition to fitting into your smile seamlessly, dental bridges are very durable and are designed as long-term solutions. It is common for them to last over a decade with good oral health and consistent visits to a dentist. It should be noted that maintaining dental bridges is a fairly simple task. It is not necessary to invest in special tools or solutions to keep them clean - good oral hygiene is usually enough to keep them in good shape. That includes brushing teeth twice a day and flossing in addition to regular cleanings by a dental hygienist or a dentist.
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges and how they can restore your smile, please give us a call at (360) 740-2119 or visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental for additional information.