Replace Missing Teeth

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are often used when a patient has one or more missing teeth. The dentist cements the bridge onto either existing teeth or dental implants. A new dental bridge will closely match the appearance and function of natural teeth.

If you have lost one or more of your teeth, the resulting gap can lead to a variety of problems. For example, the teeth in the area can begin shifting into this empty space, leading to a dysfunctional bite. Dental bridges are designed to prevent this type of problem by filling in the gap.

In addition to their functional benefits, dental bridges have cosmetic appeal. Today’s dental bridges are designed to look and feel much like natural teeth. They can also help to restore your confident smile, leading to enhanced self-confidence and easier social interactions.

Types of Dental Bridges 

There are quite a few different types of dental bridges. Some of the more popular types include: 

  • Traditional
  • Maryland
  • Cantilever
  • Implant-supported

Traditional Bridge

Traditional bridges remain the most popular type of dental bridge, as well as the least expensive. This type is comprised of one or more false teeth retained by dental crowns.

One downside of traditional dental bridges is that they involve removal of tooth enamel for the attachment of the dental crowns supporting this bridge.

Maryland Bridge

If you want a more conservative approach, a Maryland bridge may be right for you. It involves the use of a false tooth retained by a metal or porcelain support structure.

The advantage of a Maryland bridge is that no tooth structure must be removed from adjacent teeth. One drawback is that the supporting structures can sometimes be uncomfortable. They can also loosen and need adjustment over time.

Cantilever Bridge

To qualify for a traditional bridge, there must be existing teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. If only one tooth is adjacent to this gap, a cantilever bridge is sometimes used. This type is not very different from a traditional bridge.

To receive a Cantilever bridge, your dentist will begin by preparing the adjacent tooth and attaching a dental crown for the support of a false tooth. One inherent problem with Cantilever bridges is that, since the bridge only has support on one side, it is more vulnerable to problems like loose dental crowns or fractured teeth. 

Implant-Supported Bridge

The implant-supported bridge is the most stable treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth. Instead of using adjacent teeth for support, implant-supportive bridges are retained by dental implants that are firmly placed within the jawbone. This type of bridge is extremely secure and is an option if you have more than one missing tooth.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are you curious if you qualify to receive a dental bridge? Or would you like to request more information about this tooth replacement option? If so, please contact us at your earliest convenience for more information or to schedule your dental bridge consultation.

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