What are Dental Bridges and What Materials are Used in Dental Bridges?
Tooth loss is a serious issue. Even losing a single tooth is a major problem that can affect just about every aspect of your life. While the tooth may not be visible when you smile, it can affect your ability to chew effectively as well as affect your speech. Over time, your healthy teeth begin to shift out of alignment, causing your teeth to become crooked, which can then impact your smile. At Anchorage Dental Associates, we can replace your missing tooth with a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a traditional treatment used for replacing a missing tooth. It can replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges available, including cantilever bridges, Maryland or resin bonded bridges, and fixed bridges. Fixed bridges are the most common type or dental bridge used. This type of bridge consists of a pontic, or false, tooth. This tooth, made to resemble a natural tooth in size and shape, fills in the empty space your tooth has left behind. The pontic tooth has two dental crowns, one on each side. These crowns are there to anchor the bridge into place on the adjacent teeth, referred to as abutment teeth. The crowns are bonded into place on these teeth, keeping it securely in place.
What Materials are Used for a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges can be made from a variety of different materials. Each of these materials has their advantages as well as their disadvantages. Common materials used for dental bridges include
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
Regardless of the material used, bridges provide several significant benefits. These benefits include
With a dental bridge, we can replace a missing tooth, restoring the functions of that tooth, your oral health, and your quality of life. For more information about dental bridges, and to find out if they are the right solution for you, call Anchorage Dental Associates today at (907) 276-7366.
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