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Dental Bridges

Emerald City Dentistry

Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Des Moines, WA

If you've noticed gaps in your mouth or you’re having difficulty chewing, dental bridges might be the best way to restore your teeth’s functions. At Emerald City Dentistry, Amritpal Mattu, BDS, DDS, provides dental bridges so you can eat comfortably and speak with confidence. To learn more about the benefits and see if a bridge is right for you, call the office in Des Moines, Washington, or book an appointment online.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a porcelain restoration that closes the gap where teeth are missing. Your dentist anchors a bridge in place either by using a dental crown or your natural teeth for support. 

Bridges are the most effective when you have natural teeth neighboring the gapped area. For best results, your dentist files down the natural tooth in the treatment area and places a crown over it to prepare it for your bridge. 

What are the different types of bridges?

Each person has different needs when it comes to dental bridges. That’s why Emerald City Dentistry offers four different types of bridges to ensure the best fit and long-lasting results: 

Traditional bridge

As the most common type of bridge, a traditional bridge uses one or more prosthetic teeth to hold the bridge in place. Using a permanent cement to fix the prosthetic teeth, your dentist then fixes the bridge onto the crown for long-lasting support. 

Cantilever bridge

A cantilever bridge uses a single prosthetic tooth to secure the bridge. Your dentist recommends a cantilever bridge when there’s only one natural tooth bordering the gap. While cantilever bridges are effective, their stability relies on a single natural tooth, which can cause tooth fractures and loosened crowns. 

Implant-supported bridge

If you have more than one missing tooth, your dentist might recommend an implant-supported bridge. They place an implant for every missing tooth. Each implant holds the bridge in place, and since implants are surgically inserted into the jaw bone, your bridge will feel extremely stable. 

Maryland bridge

Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that holds prosthetic teeth in place. Your bridge relies on this framework for stability. 

Why should I consider getting a dental bridge?

Dental bridges serve as a great alternative if your jaw bone density isn’t strong enough to withstand implants. They also allow you to bypass orthodontic treatment like braces if your teeth have started to shift. 

In addition, dental bridges are long-lasting. With proper care, your bridge can last for over 10 years. 

If you continually struggle with gaps in your teeth and are seeking comprehensive treatment to fully restore your natural smile, don’t wait. Call Emerald City Dentistry today or book an appointment online to see if a dental bridge is right for you.