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Dental Arts of Frederick

Longevity of Dental Bridges


Rendering of jaw with dental bridgeTooth loss is a serious issue that affects your entire quality of life, no matter how many teeth you lose. Even losing just one or two teeth can have a major impact, making things like eating and speaking very difficult. Depending upon the location of the teeth, your smile may also be affected. Replacing your missing teeth is essential for restoring the functions of your missing teeth and your quality of life. Dental Arts of Frederick can replace one or two missing teeth with a dental bridge.

What is a Dental Bridge?


A dental bridge is a common restoration used to replace a single tooth. It can also be used to replace a small section of missing teeth, typically up to 3. With a bridge, the replacement teeth, fill in the empty space left behind by your missing teeth. The restoration restores your ability to bite and chew food. It improves your speech. In many cases, it can improve the quality of your smile. It also keeps your healthy teeth from shifting out of alignment, preventing issues like overcrowding, bruxism, and TMJ disorder.

Types of Dental Bridges


There are a few different types of dental bridges. These include:
•  Cantilever bridges. A cantilever bridge is one that uses a single crown to support your replacement tooth. The crown is affixed to a healthy adjacent tooth.
•  Maryland bridges. A Maryland bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge. This type of bridge uses small metal wings that are bonded to the backsides of the adjacent teeth to anchor the restoration in place.
•  Fixed bridges. A fixed bridge uses two crowns to anchor your replacement teeth into place. There is one crown on each side of the replacement tooth.
•  Implant supported bridges. An implant-supported bridge is the modern bridge. This treatment uses titanium posts, which are surgically placed into your jawbone, to provide support for your replacement tooth or teeth.

What Affects the Longevity of the Bridge?


There are many factors that impact the longevity of your dental bridge. These factors include:
•  The bridge materials. Bridges can be made from many different materials. Metal bridges are the strongest and can withstand the most amount of use. Porcelain bridges, while aesthetically pleasing, do not last as long. They typically last 5 to 15 years.
•  The type of bridge chosen. The type of bridge you choose can make a big difference. Maryland bridges are one of the weakest bridges. An implant supported bridge, on the other hand, is one of the strongest. This type of bridge is designed to be a long-term solution that can even be permanent.
•  Changes in your jawbone. With traditional bridges, your jawbone continues to change shape. This means that you may have to have the bridge changed to accommodate the changes in your jawbone. How often this is necessary depends on how fast your jawbone loses bone mass.
•  Oral hygiene habits. Poor oral hygiene habits can leave you susceptible to cavities in your healthy teeth as well as gum disease. Advanced stages of gum disease can impact the stability of the abutment teeth or even the stability of your dental implants.
•  Oral habits. Biting and chewing on your fingernails, ice, or other things that are extremely hard can cause chips or fractures in your bridge.
•  Facial trauma. Facial trauma can impact the stability of your abutment teeth or the dental implant posts. It can also cause damage to your abutment teeth, leaving them vulnerable to infections.

With proper care, a dental bridge can last you many years. For more information, and to find out if a bridge is the right solution for you, contact Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277.


Hours


Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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