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What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a tooth replacement alternative to implants. The teeth on either side of the space are covered with crowns and a false tooth is suspended between them. The only downside to a bridge is that it requires more home maintenance and for some can be more difficult to keep clean. Instead of placing a bridge made of porcelain with a metal base, which, years later, can often result in unsightly dark lines at the gum line, Art of Modern Dentistry can now restore your smile with an all-porcelain bridge. An all-porcelain bridge still uses adjacent teeth for support, but will not show a dark line where the bridge meets the gums. Many all-porcelain bridges can be bonded in place, which gives a tighter seal and more accurate fit.

What are dental bridges made of?

A traditional dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth.Tooth-colored bridges used to be made only of porcelain and metal. But with the new technology available today, they can be made entirely of porcelain. To have enough strength to withstand biting forces, porcelain bridges used to be built upon a metal core. Unfortunately, this created a noticeable dark line at the edge of the bridge. New breakthroughs in adhesives and stronger porcelain materials now make it possible to create bridges entirely from porcelain. All-porcelain bridges maintain a translucency that makes them difficult to tell from real teeth. Without metal, the dark line at the edge of the gums is eliminated. This allows the edge of the bridge to be placed above the gum line, which is healthier for your teeth and gums. When you want to improve your smile, an all-porcelain bridge is an excellent choice!


What are the alternatives to a dental bridge?


Alternatives to Bridges When you're missing one or more teeth, you have several options: - Delay treatment - Implants - Partial denture - Space maintainer - Bridge Delaying treatment is the least desirable option. Things will only get worse. An implant with a crown might be a good choice. Treatment time is much longer, but your dentist wouldn't have to modify the teeth next to the space. 
A partial denture could work well if several teeth are missing throughout the mouth. It fills in the spaces and restores your natural bite. A space maintainer is used as a temporary solution when a child loses a tooth. It keeps the teeth from shifting as it holds a space for the emerging permanent teeth.

Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional tooth replacement options like dentures or bridges. Here are some of the main dis- advantages of dental implants that you should be aware of:   

  1. Damage to adjacent teeth: Dental bridges are supported by the teeth on either side of the gap, which means these teeth must be reshaped to accommodate the bridge. This can weaken the adjacent teeth and increase the risk of tooth decay or other problems in the future.
  2. Difficulty cleaning: Dental bridges are made up of multiple connected teeth, which can make cleaning between them difficult. This can increase the risk of plaque and bacteria buildup, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
  3. Increased risk of gum disease: Because dental bridges can be difficult to clean, they can increase the risk of gum disease. This is especially true if the patient is not diligent about oral hygiene.
  4. Cost: Dental bridges can be expensive, especially if multiple teeth are involved. Additionally, some dental insurance plans may not cover the full cost of the treatment.
  5. Short lifespan: While dental bridges can last for many years with proper care, they are not a permanent solution. Over time, the bridge may need to be replaced, which can be costly and time-consuming.
  6. Short lifespan: While dental bridges can last for many years with proper care, they are not a permanent solution. Over time, the bridge may need to be replaced, which can be costly and time-consuming.

dental implants are permanent so they feel just like natural teeth and never slip out of place like dentures often do. - Richard Lestz, DDS

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