When we begin to lose our teeth for whatever reason, we need to replace them. Any missing tooth
that leaves a space between two other teeth needs a bridge. The reason is that the missing space
will alter chewing which in turn disrupts digestion. Also, the tooth behind the missing space will
eventually migrate forward to try to fill the space. This will lead to root decay, plaque and tartar
build up. One missing tooth can cause all of this. One thing that is not talked about when getting
full dentures is the loss of bone structure as well as the other issues that a missing tooth can

There are several types of bridge available to you. Depending on how many teeth need to be
replaced but it just adds another replacement tooth to the bridge. Today, implants are becoming a
more affordable option for you and a more routine treatment option. There are bridges that use on
abutment tooth and have a replacement tooth extended off of the back of it. This is called a
cantilever bridge to replace one tooth. A Maryland bridge is one that is actually made like a partial
denture in that it has a metal framework underneath it to keep it stable. This one is usually for
bottom teeth that are missing from the canine to the back molar. Filling up a large space needing
the metal framework to keep it secure once it is cemented. Today the most common procedure is
to do an implant for the missing tooth if it is a single missing tooth. Full mouth bridges are bridges
that use four implants and are secured to those implants leaving full dental arch of replacement

Now that we know you will need a bridge there are some things to be considered when deciding
what type of bridge you need: cost, time, insurance coverage, and comfort. Some insurance
companies do not cover bridges or implants and you may need to wait to have the procedure done
until you have saved the money for it. There are several savings plans available for dental work
that you can choose from. Most major dental insurance companies will pay up to 80% of
restorative care. Choosing the right one takes research.

Knowing that you need a bridge and understanding the options is the first step to taking care of
your oral health. Asking questions when you visit the dentist is always a good thing as you want to
be informed about what permanent treatment is going into your mouth. Many procedures to
choose from allow you the benefit of comfort and shorter recovery times as well as what you find
to look good and feel good in your mouth.