Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. It is called a dental bridge because it bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They can be essential in restoring the overall health of a smile.
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth or teeth in between. This typically is a fixed dental restoration and cannot be removed.
There are four main types of dental bridges traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported. A conventional dental bridge has a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A cantilever dental bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is only cemented to one abutment tooth. A Maryland dental bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge, but instead of using dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth. Lastly, an implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks.
To learn more about dental bridges, set up a consultation with Dr. Evan Wheeler today. A dental bridge can be a great option for missing teeth. During your consultation, we will determine the best option for your individual needs.