Why A Dental Bridge Might Be Right For You

A dental bridge is a dental device that fills the spaces missing teeth create. At Athol Family Dentists, we know that they’re highly versatile, effective, and do an important job.

When you lose a tooth and the space remains empty, the teeth next to it may shift and this is a problem because pockets in gums can form, allowing bacteria in, resulting in cavities, inflammation, or an infection.

The role of a bridge is to sit in that open space to support the surrounding teeth and help you maintain your chewing abilities. This prevents cavities and infection, and allows you to maintain a nutritious diet.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Or Fixed Bridge

This type of bridge uses crowns that your dentist would cement onto the teeth on either side. This keeps it in place while the fake tooth in the middle does its job.

Cantilever Bridge

Your dentist would fix this bridge only to the tooth on one side. Dentists may use this type in the back of your mouth where you can only use support on one side.

Maryland Bridge

This type of bridge uses a metal frame to attach the bridge to your existing teeth.

Implant-Supported Bridge

This type of bridge is for those who are missing more than one tooth, and it doesn’t attach to your teeth at all. Instead, your dentist would insert implants in the outer spaces. The bridge connects to the implants and fills the gap in the middle.

Curious about whether a bridge is right for you? We’d love to talk to you about the benefits and answer any questions you may have. Call Athol Family Dentists today!