If your child is prone to cavities, you may wonder if there is anything dentists can do to save their teeth. Cavities are very common in children, and many children are prone to cavities while others are not. If a child has a small cavity, we may choose to just monitor the tooth, or recommend a dental filling. If the tooth has severe decay, a crown may be recommended in order to save the tooth. Dental crowns can protect a severely damaged or decayed tooth, and preserve the tooth underneath.
There are many different types of bridges available. Depending on how many teeth are missing, and if you have natural teeth on both sides will help decide what type of bridge is recommended.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge is a type of bridge with two anchoring crowns on either side of the replacement tooth. This is the most popular type of bridge, and is used when the gap has natural teeth on both sides.
A cantilever bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge is not used as much anymore, and it not as common as the other options. Cantilever bridges tend to put too much pressure on other teeth and this can cause damage.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
This type of bridge has metal or porcelain wings, and these are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bridges are made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Implant Supported Bridge
This type of bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge, but is supported by a dental implant. The implant is inserted into the jaw and the bridge is attached above the gum line. This type of bridge has an advantage over the other types and helps to prevent bone loss. Implant supported bridges are the most stable compared to other bridge options. Surgery is required to insert the implant and does take longer.
What Are the Advantages With Dental Bridges?
- A dental bridge offers an effective solution for tooth replacement. Bridges are aesthetically pleasing and help restore mouth function.
- Helps to maintain structure in the mouth and hold teeth in place to reduce shifting and bite issues.
- Helps to reduce bone loss and maintains facial structure.
- Is comfortable in the mouth and feels like a natural tooth.
- Does not require removal for cleaning. Bridges should be cleaned just like natural teeth with brushing and flossing daily.
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At Bastrop Denture & Implant Center, your child’s health is our priority. Our doctors have years of experience in pediatric dentistry and love to work with children. We create a calm and relaxing environment and always ensure your child has a positive experience. Let our team at Bastrop Denture & Implant Center provide quality dental care you can trust.
If you have concerns about your child’s teeth, or they are due for their exam and cleaning, contact Bastrop Denture & Implant Center, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.