Dental bridges are used by Inspired Smiles to close or, “Bridge,” the gap caused by a missing tooth.
Dental bridges are false teeth, also referred to as pontics. The dental bridge stays in place using the teeth on the sides of the missing tooth, also called abutment teeth. While false teeth are made from several types of material, such as gold, they are usually made from dental grade porcelain as it is matched and blended to the rest of your smile.
Types of Dental Bridges in Richmond, VA
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01. Traditional Bridges
Traditional bridges are the most common and held in place by dental crowns placed on your abutment or side teeth. Traditional dental bridges can only be used when patients have teeth on both sides of the gap left by the missing tooth.
02. Cantilever Bridges
Similar to traditional dental bridges, cantilevers stay in place with dental crowns that are attached to a single tooth. This type of dental bridge only requires one natural tooth next to the gap left by your missing tooth.
03. Maryland Bridges
Just like traditional bridges, Maryland dental bridges require two natural abutment teeth as the bridges use porcelain or metal that is bonded to the back of the side teeth.
04. Implant Supported Bridges
The most stable bridge system, implant supported bridges require several dental implants to support many missing teeth in an area. Implant supported bridges may take one or more months to complete. Implant supported bridges can take a number of months for the procedure to be completely finished. With that being said, implant supported bridges can last for the rest of your life as long as you practice good oral hygiene and have regular professional maintenance.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges for missing teeth, call and schedule a no obligation consultation with Inspired Smiles.
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