2013-11-11_2Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing the missing teeth. You and you dentist can discuss the different types of bridges to choose the best option for you:

traditional bridges, also called fixed bridges-the dentist creates a pontic or false, tooth with a dental crown on either side. the crowns are fitted over the remaining teeth to hold the false tooth into place.

Resin bonded bridges-the pontic tooth is fused to a metal band. The metal band, in turn, is bonded to the back of the remaining teeth with white resin cement

Cantilever bridge-dentists recommend this bridge when there are only teeth on one side of the gap. while traditional bridges have a crown on either side of the pontic, cantilever bridges consists of two side by side crowns and only one is connected to the pontic.

To design a bridge, a dentist must first shrink, the reshape the teeth to make room for the crowns. he or she then makes a mold of the teeth. This mold is then sent off to a laboratory, where the actual crowns and bridges are made.

With proper oral hygiene, bridges can last up to 20-25 years. However. improper or infrequent  brushing and flossing, irregular dental visits, and excessive sugar and starch intake can all bring untimely damage to the bridge

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