Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

Closing The Gap: What You Need To Know About Dental Bridges

Noah Harrison

Large gaps between your teeth are like light-up tennis shoes – they're adorable on little kids who are missing a tooth or two, but as you grow up, they seem less and less cute and more and more embarrassing. But if you're missing a tooth and you feel embarrassed or ashamed about it, how can you close the gap that causes you so much anxiety whenever anyone holds up a picture? The answer is simple: a dental bridge. If you're considering getting a dental bridge or two put in to hide those missing teeth, then here's what you need to know before getting it done.

What exactly is a dental bridge?

In layman's terms, a dental bridge is just two crowns on the sides of the teeth that border the gap caused by the missing tooth, with a false tooth (called a pontic) placed within the gap itself. These false teeth can be made of a whole range of materials – from gold, to porcelain, to even a combination of materials like these – but the important part is that the pontic is there to fill in the gap made by your missing tooth, helping to restore your smile, among other benefits (more on that below).

What are the different types of dental bridges?

There are generally three different types of dental bridges, all with their own unique attributes:

  • A traditional bridge, which is the above-described apparatus where a crown is attached to each tooth on either end of the gap, with a false tooth in the gap itself.
  • A Maryland bridge, which have plastic teeth and gums, all held together with a metal frame, and are fixed into your mouth via metal wings, which are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.
  • A cantilever bridge, which can only replace one tooth and thus is used when there are only teeth on one side of the gap, but not the other (like a missing molar).

What can a dental bridge do to help?

More than just getting rid of any social anxiety that can come from an incomplete smile – though that is a very important benefit – dental bridges can also do other things, such as keep your jaw in its proper place (instead of drifting closed from east to west) and solve any problems in speech or eating that the missing tooth or teeth might have caused. Dental bridges can also prevent any bite-related problems from developing as a result of missing teeth and even prevent the teeth around the gap from slowly migrating out of their original positions.

If you have questions about your need for a dental bridge, contact a dentist in your area.


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Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

My teeth weren't in very good shape and they were painful, so I decided to get dentures. After having my remaining teeth extracted, I visited the denture clinic. The dentist made an impression of my mouth and sent the results to the lab so my dentures could be made. I'm very pleased with the outcome and my mouth isn't painful anymore. Hello readers, my name is Greta Hopkins and even though I've never blogged before, I just had to tell everyone about my experience with dentures. When you read my blog, you'll learn all about the process of getting them and some tips to follow to help you adjust to wearing fake teeth. I'm grateful for my dentures and it's my wish that you have a wonderful experience with yours too. I hope that reading my blog will educate you about wearing them.