Having missing teeth is not the end of the world! Its more common than you think.
Research reports show, that on average adult patients could have up to 3 missing or decaying teeth. As luck would have it, there are a verity of solutions to switch missing teeth out all together with dental bridges.
A dental bridge has something called an abutment (or support). This support for the bridge is created by putting a crown on either a natural tooth or an implant. The artificial tooth that replaces the missing tooth is called a pontic.
For the case of one missing tooth, the teeth on either facet are going to be prepped for crowns, while the missing tooth will be replaced with an artificial tooth that connects to the crowns on either facet. For multiple missing teeth, one or more additional implants will be put in those vacant places.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridge
This is the most common form of dental bridge. The current vacancies are replaced with pontics, then they are topped with abutments for control and longevity. The crowns are applied to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth to give the proper support structure, or “bridge”, for the missing teeth.
This type of bridge is similar to a conventional bridge, except that the structure is supported on just one facet rather than on each side. Cantilever bridges are slightly risky dude to the single facet support, acting as a “lever” that will produce further stress on the supporting tooth, inflicting possible fractures or loosening of that tooth.
Implant Supported Bridge
An implant is substituted to supply support for one or each side of the dental bridge. This can be a well-liked bridge, giving a very secure restoration and bridge. This is an especially useful bridge if there are many missing teeth that are adjacent to each other.
This type of bridge is supported by a metal structure cemented onto the rear existing teeth. It is not as robust as a conventional bridge, though it will preserve the tooth structure of the adjacent teeth by avoiding the use of crowns for the abutments. It will add more pressure to the supporting teeth, and significant forces applied to the teeth could hinder the restoration process.
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