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Basic Information About Fixed Bridges

How Fixed Bridges Work

One aspect of restorative dentistry is fixed bridges which consist of two porcelain crowns that are attached to the sides of your teeth. The false tooth is fused between the crowns and the crowns are attached to healthy teeth. Bridges reduce gum disease and help reduce problems related to jaw movement. The time-span of fixed bridge work is approximately ten yars or more.

The 3 Types of Dental Bridges

There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. The three most common forms of fixed bridge work are the Cantilever Bridge, the Traditional Bridge and Bonded Bridges.

Cantilever Bridge

This type of bridge can be applied to areas where there is less stress, commonly the front teeth area. Cantilever bridges are also used when teeth are only available on one side of the space. This type of bridgework involves anchoring the pontic to one side over one or more adjoining natural teeth.

Traditional Bridge

The traditional, fixed bridge will be used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is used when the false tooth is supported by healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The fixed bridge is the most common type used and consists of ceramic or porcelain that is bonded to metal. If the teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to support the bridge then the dentist may consider using dental implants as a support.

Bonded Bridges

Bonded bridges are a usually cheaper alternative to traditional bridges and are common if the rest of the teeth are very healthy. The false teeth are made of plastic and are supported by metal. The fused metal is bonded to healthy teeth by means of a hidden resin. This type of bridge is particularly good if you have healthy teeth as a minimum amount of work is then needed on the supporting teeth.

If you’re someone who lives in Irmo, South Carolina and are considering getting fixed bridge repairs on your teeth please take a moment to request a dental appointment with Dr. Gregory Wych today.