Missing one or more teeth is common for many people.
Bridges are one of the options we have to replace missing teeth. While there are a few different types of bridges, what they all have in common is that they rely on one or more abutments to support a span of prosthetic teeth or pontics. A bridge restores function and strength to your bite and it also closes the gap in your smile, helping you feel more confident. With a skilled dentist and the right materials, your bridge will blend in naturally with the rest of your teeth.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
When you come to our office for a bridge, we’ll discuss your options and help you select the best solution for your needs. The four main types of dental bridges include:
Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional bridges are the most commonly used. For this type of restoration, the two healthy teeth on either side of your missing teeth receive dental crowns, allowing them to act as the abutments that support your bridge.
The difference between a traditional bridge and a cantilever bridge is that cantilever bridges only have support from one abutment tooth instead of two. This can place a great deal of stress on the supporting tooth, making it more likely to fracture or become loose.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant-supported bridges are an excellent choice for patients who are good candidates for dental implant surgery. These restorations do not compromise adjacent teeth because they are completely self-supporting. They also have the added benefit of preserving bone mass in the jaw.
A Maryland bridge involves a metal support structure that is bonded to the abutment teeth, rather than requiring the placement of crowns. The downside of this is that it is not as strong as a traditional bridge, but it does a better job preserving the tooth structure of adjacent teeth because it adds less pressure to them.