Alternatively known as fixed partial dentures, dental bridges restore one or more missing teeth. These are attached to adjacent teeth or implants to fill up gaps. A bridge is made up of two crowns known as abutment teeth placed on either side of the prosthetic to anchor it in the mouth. A bridge also consists of pontics which are false teeth between the abutment teeth to span across the gap and cover it.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
- Refurbish your smile
- Chew and speak properly
- Retain the shape of your face
- Equitably spread force of your bite by replacing missing teeth
- Keep original teeth at their place and prevent them from moving away
Types of Bridges Available
- Traditional Bridges: Traditional bridges have natural teeth on either side of the gap. Conventional bridges involve shaping the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth. These are made of a variety of material such as porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or ceramics. Your dentist may also recommend placing a single tooth implant to do away with the need of filing down your natural teeth to support the bridge.
- Cantilever Bridges: A cantilever bridge is used if you have natural, healthy teeth on only one side of the gap created by missing teeth.
- Resin-bonded Bridges: Alternatively known as Maryland bridges, resin-bonded bridges may be used to cover up gaps created by missing front teeth. This type of bridge involves fusion of artificial teeth using metal bands which are cemented with the natural teeth at the back.
- Implant Supported Bridges: In case you lack natural teeth or do not have teeth healthy enough to give support to a bridge, your dentist may use implant-supported bridge. Unlike a regular dental bridge which is supported by natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge anchors on implants embedded into the jawbone. This kind of bridge helps in equitable distribution of bite force.
Options for Cheap Dental Bridges Abroad
If the high cost of dental bridges in your home country is bothering you, then consider traveling to a dental tourism destination for having them at a much lower price. Dental bridges in India, Mexico, Thailand, and Costa Rica cost just a fraction of the prices charged in Australia, the UK and the US.
The leading clinics of these dental tourism hubs are equipped with the latest technology and are manned by highly qualified dental surgeons. The dental doctors are English-speaking and sensitive to the needs of western clients. Check out this review of dental bridges in Phuket – Thailand, in which an Australian talks about his experience of traveling all the way to the Land of Smiles for regaining his own smile.
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