A Dental Bridge is a fixed device used to compensate for or replace a missing tooth by connecting it to the adjacent teeth of the missing gap. The bridge is designed to resemble natural teeth and provides a functional and natural appearance for the missing teeth. The type of bridge used depends on several factors, including the location of the gap and the number of adjacent teeth available for support.
What are the types of dental bridges and when are they used?
1. Fixed Dental Bridges: The traditional bridge consists of two crowns (caps) that are placed on the adjacent teeth of the missing gap. The bridge is designed and shaped to match the surrounding teeth, providing a natural appearance.
2. Cantilever Bridges: This type is used when there is only one adjacent tooth next to the missing gap. The bridge is anchored by a single crown, which is fitted onto the adjacent tooth only.
3. Implant-Supported Bridges: Dental implants are used as supports for the bridge instead of adjacent teeth. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone, and then the bridge is attached to these implants. This type of bridge provides high stability and durability.
4. Temporary Bridges: Temporary dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth during the waiting period for the placement of the permanent bridge. These bridges are temporary and are removed after the permanent bridge is installed.
It is advisable to consult a specialized dentist to assess the condition and choose the appropriate type of dental bridge based on the extent of the patient's tooth loss. After the installation, necessary care will be provided.