Types of dental bridges
Dental bridges come in many varieties to cover a range of dental situations and problems, metal bridges, metal free bridges, large bridges, small bridges, removable bridges, fixed bridges and dental implant bridges are all in the mix.
The simplest form of dental bridge is what is known as a Maryland bridge or sticky bridge. Maryland bridges replace a single missing tooth with wings on either side of the new tooth, these wings are bonded to the inside of the adjacent teeth. A Maryland bridge can be made from either metal or metal free material such as zirconia.
Classic dental bridges are a little more destructive than Maryland bridges as they require reduction of the adjacent teeth. A classic bridge can be used to replace one or more teeth by spanning the gap and attaching the new teeth to existing teeth.
Dental bridges can often be made to replace missing front teeth and held in place on top of root canal treatments, whilst not a common way to replace missing teeth great results can be seen.
Dental bridges pros and cons
Dental bridges can be an excellent way to replace missing teeth, they are durable and reliable. One of the biggest problems is that the bone may continue to resorb where the tooth was lost, this bone loss over the years can also mean the gum shrinks. In time this can mean a gap can appear underneath a dental bridge. The gap can become a food trap and look unsightly.
Unfortunately, if this happens the only thing to do is to have the bridge removed, because they are fitted permanently this is often easier said than done and they may have to be destroyed in order to be removed. The dental bridge will then need to be completely replaced with a new one.
How long do Dental bridges last
Dental bridges themselves can last many years, indeed they can last an entire lifetime. If the bridge has been well constructed and your dentistry maintained in good order dental bridges will last. One of the biggest reasons to replace a dental bridge is bone loss underneath the bridge causing a food trap and unsightly appearance.
Common problems with dental bridges
A common problem with dental bridges is chipping. The material used to make the bridge can fracture under extreme forces. This should not happen however if the bridge has been well made under normal circumstances. If you have a bridge on your front teeth one of the most common causes of chipping is banging the bridge on a glass or ceramic mug as you drink. You just need to be careful if you have a bridge on your front teeth.
Can dental bridges be replaced?
Yes, dental bridges can be replaced but they can often be extremely difficult to remove. This is because they will have been permanently bonded to your tooth. Often a dental bridge will need to be cut to be removed, in the process of doing this the bridge will be destroyed and a new one will need to be made.