What is a Dental Bridge?


What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many ten years or more.

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  1. Introduction to dental bridges
  2. Just what is a dental bridge?
  3. Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
  4. Procedure description: Dental Bridges
  5. Types of dental bridges available
  6. How much do dental bridges cost?
  7. Pros and cons of getting a dental bridge
  8. Before and after pictures - dental bridges
  9. Personal stories from dental bridge patients
  10. Determining the color for your dental bridge
  11. Dental bridge message board and discussion

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