Dental bridges involve fitting an artificial tooth or pontic in between two adjacent crowns, which will function like anchors to hold the artificial tooth into place. Bridges are generally used as a permanent, non-removable way to replace missing teeth, but they can also be used cosmetically to enhance the appearance of a smile.
Modern dentistry offers various types of dental bridges, and the actual position of your missing tooth will determine the type you and your dentist will choose. Dental bridges can be made of gold, durable tooth-colored porcelain, or composite materials. The following are the three main types:
Traditional fixed bridges are the most commonly used, and typically involve 3-4 teeth. They are constructed as one piece and anchored by the crowned teeth adjacent to the open space.
Maryland bonded bridges or resin bonded bridges can be used when there is a gap in a patient’s front teeth, and he/she doesn’t want the adjacent teeth prepared and reduced for crowns. This procedure can be done only if the adjacent teeth are strong, as well as healthy and in a good state.
Cantilever bridges are types of bridges that are normally used where there is a single tooth on the side of a patient’s gap. Many times, a cantilever bridge is used for the front teeth because they are vulnerable to lower stress.
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