Dental Bridges Specialist Q&A
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, then visit us at Potomac Woods Family Dental Care in Rockville, MD for dental bridges to fill the gap. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online! We are conveniently located at 350 Fortune Terrace #101, Rockville, MD 20854
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Dental health is important for many reasons; it aids in the performance of rudimentary functions such as eating, talking, and breathing. In addition to preventing oral diseases such as periodontitis, good oral health can also reduce the risk of many other conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having a full set of working teeth makes it easier to appreciate all of the hard work our teeth do every day. Dental bridges are a treatment to replace missing teeth, which can restore a person’s confidence and make things like eating and talking much easier.
Dental bridges are a type of restorative dentistry treatment that is used to replace missing teeth and support the structures of the surrounding teeth. They are typically made of porcelain, ceramics, or composites (with some metal structures) and are attached to the adjacent teeth for the purpose of stabilization. Dental bridges are great for repairing teeth that are damaged or decayed and are also used to replace teeth that have been removed. Dental bridges typically support only the teeth on the side of the gap to which they were installed.
Why would you need a dental bridge?
People may need a dental bridge if they have lost a tooth or multiple teeth in order to improve the ability to chew and talk, as well as other fundamental jaw and mouth-related functions. They may also be used to:
– Improve the appearance of a person’s smile
– Improve the health of teeth and gums
– Increase one’s self-esteem
– Improve chewing abilities
– Improve overall health
What types of dental bridges are there?
There are four types of dental bridges:
– Traditional Bridges — Traditional dental bridges are the most common type of dental bridge and are typically composed of ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-metal, such as a gold-copper alloy. These bridges have one fake tooth, called a pontic, that is held down in place on each side.
– Cantilever Bridges — Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges; they are made of porcelain-fused-to-metal. There must be one natural tooth remaining next to the missing tooth in order to support a cantilever bridge. This type of bridge is typically used to restore front teeth as they are not strong enough to support molars.
– Maryland Bridges — Maryland bridges, also known as adhesive bridges, are less invasive than traditional bridges, yet produce similar results. They are made of porcelain, which is nearly the same color as natural teeth, and also have a pontic (fake tooth) that is supported by a metal framework.
– Implant-Supported Bridges — Instead of relying on a metal framework or dental crowns, implant-supported bridges are supported entirely by dental implants. This type of bridge is used to restore premolars and molars and is ideal for patients who have at least three consecutive missing molars.
What are the pros of a dental bridge vs dental implants?
A dental bridge is an artificial replacement for teeth that are secured to the adjacent teeth, whereas a dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is implanted into the gums to mimic the form and function of a natural tooth. While both procedures are similar in concept, they are quite different and come with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Advantages of implants include:
– Require less maintenance
– Look more natural
– Protect the jawbone
– Do not strain or wear down teeth
Disadvantages of implants include:
– They require more invasive surgery
– More expensive than a bridge
– The recovery time is longer
– They can fracture or break
Advantages of bridges:
– The procedure is quicker
– Do not require invasive surgery
– Recovery time is faster
– More affordable
Disadvantages of bridges include:
– Do not look as natural as implants
– Must be replaced periodically
– More prone to fractures and decay
– Can cause damage to natural teeth (surrounding teeth)
The dental bridges offered at Potomac Woods Family Dental Care can help you achieve a full, radiant smile. Call us today to book an appointment with our dental bridges specialist, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 350 Fortune Terrace #101, Rockville, MD 20854. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Potomac MD, Bethesda MD, North Bethesda MD, North Potomac MD, Gaithersburg MD, and Derwood MD. We look forward to serving you!
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