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Are Dental Bridges Right for Me?



Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing or broken teeth. They bridge the gap between your existing teeth, help restore your smile and give you confidence. Dental bridges also prevent undue stress or misalignment of the remaining teeth. Lastly, they can help in speech and pronunciation as well as in chewing food. River City Dental Clinic offers dental bridge installation and maintenance services from our experienced and trusted dentists. We also provide Invisalign braces fitting, implant dentistry, root canal treatment, dental hygiene guidance, and Zoom teeth whitening services, among others.

 

While dental bridges are useful, they are not required in all situations and come in different shapes and sizes. The different factors to think about before getting a dental bridge are:

 

1.     Type of dental bridges


  • Like with most dental fittings, dental bridges come in different types:

  • Traditional dental bridges involve fitting dental crowns with cement on existing teeth to hold the artificial tooth in place. These are sturdy and durable but include removing the enamel on your natural teeth.

  • Maryland dental bridges are for those who do not want dental crowns. Instead, these utilize the bonding of a strong framework behind the teeth adjacent to the gap. They are not as durable or sturdy as traditional dental bridges.

  • Maryland dental bridges are for those who do not want dental crowns. Instead, these utilize the bonding of a strong framework behind the teeth adjacent to the gap. They are not as durable or sturdy as traditional dental bridges.

  • Implant-supported bridges are becoming increasingly popular as they fix multiple missing teeth at the same time. They use a dental implant to act as the bridge on which the artificial tooth is attached. They can last for a lifetime since they are directly fused to the jawbone.

 

2.     Materials used

 

Dental bridges can be made out of a variety of materials, differing in cost, quality and durability. These include the traditional metal alloy bridges that are the cheapest to fit but do not look natural. Then there are bridges made of porcelain or ceramic that blend in more easily with the rest of the mouth. Lastly, on the higher end are materials like zirconia and acrylic.

 

3.     Cost considerations

 

Dental bridges can vary in price based on the following components:

Number of teeth to be replaced

Position of the missing teeth

Additional treatments (if any) of pre-existing dental conditions

Complexity/difficulty of the procedure

 

4.     Care and Maintenance

 

A good quality dental bridge installed professionally can last a lifetime, given it is cared for properly. Brushing teeth twice, flossing once a day, regular periodic visits to the dentist for check-ups and no chewing of hard objects like ice, and hard foods are a must. If you play heavy-contact sports, then wearing a mouth guard or faceguard is heavily recommended.  

 

Dental bridges are a great solution to restoring your teeth to normal. But it can be tough to decide which one to go far based on all the variables mentioned above. With the help of our dental experts, that choice can be easily made to maximize your oral health.

 

Let Us Help

 

Read our blog for tips on keeping your gums and teeth healthy. For any questions, our FAQs section may be of assistance. Consult our experienced dentists and get your teeth in perfect shape and rediscover that perfect smile today.

 

Get in touch with us today and schedule an appointment for your dental bridge fitting or any of our other dental services.

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