Depending on the material used, two types of dental bridges are most often used: (#1) Porcelain Bridges and (#2) Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Bridges. The two types are indicated in different situations because of their respective advantages and disadvantages:
Porcelain Bridges are dental bridges made completely of porcelain. Porcelain is an excellent material, since it is both extremely strong and aesthetic. Porcelain’s color and translucency closely matches enamel (the outer layer of a tooth), making porcelain bridges very natural looking.
Learn more about porcelain bridges, including their advantages and disadvantages
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Bridges have metal inside and porcelain outside. The metal inside adapts perfectly to the teeth and provides strength and resistance to biting forces. The porcelain outside provides the beautiful appearance, matching the color and shape of your other teeth.
The main advantage of Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Bridges is their strength and durability. Due to the high force on back teeth while chewing, Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Bridges are typically recommended when a dental bridge is needed in the back of your mouth.
The main disadvantage of a Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Bridge is that the metal can sometimes be seen through the porcelain close to the gum line, creating a grey line or grey shadow near the gums. This disadvantage is an aesthetic issue and does not affect your gums or the longevity of the bridge.
A special type of dental bridge is an Implant Bridge. An implant bridge is a dental bridge that is placed on top of implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone in the area of missing teeth. Then, a bridge that looks and feels like natural teeth is placed on top of the implant screws to replace the missing teeth.
Learn more about implant bridges.
Why I wrote these articles on dental bridges:
In my office, bridges are an extremely common procedure to replace missing teeth. Do you remember when you were 15 years old and could not imagine losing a tooth? As we age, losing a tooth may unfortunately become a reality. Whenever a new patient comes to my office missing a tooth or several teeth, I explain the benefits of replacing them as soon as possible. The internet unfortunately offers insufficient information about this subject, and people delay seeing the dentist as a result. So, I decided to write these articles and provide extensive information about the advantages, disadvantages, types, costs, and indications of dental bridges and implants to replace missing teeth. I hope you enjoy the articles. If you have any further questions about bridges or implants or you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please feel free to contact us.