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Dental Bridges Watford

What is a Dental Bridge?

A Dental Bridge is an artificial tooth (referred to as a pontic) held in place by abutment teeth on each side of the gap (left by one or more lost teeth). Pontics can be constructed of a number of materials, including gold, but they’re usually made of porcelain to match in with your natural teeth. 

Benefits of Dental Bridges

  1. Restore your ability to chew and talk properly.
  2. Maintain your face’s shape.
  3. Replace missing teeth to appropriately distribute forces in your bite.
  4. Ensure that the remaining teeth do not wander out of place.

What is a Dental Bridge made of?

The materials used to construct a Dental Bridge depend on where it will be places inside the mouth. Other determining factors include aesthetic appeal and cost. Patients have a choice in which material they prefer. Our dentist in Watford can also advise you on what option is best . The most common materials used to construct Dental Bridges are:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • Copper
  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Zirconia
  • Resin

Types of Dental Bridges:

There are three different types of Dental Bridges:

Traditional bridge: These include placing a crown on each side of the missing tooth or implant, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are constructed of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics and are the most popular form of bridge.

Cantilever bridge: When just one side of the lost tooth or teeth has neighboring teeth, a cantilever bridge is used. These are not advised near the rear of the mouth, where it might cause harm to adjacent teeth by exerting too much stress on them.

Maryland bridge: These are also known as resin-bonded bridges. Here, metal or porcelain wings are attached to your natural teeth on only one side of the bridge.