4 Types of Dental Bridges

4 Types of Dental Bridges

Missing teeth are the ultimate smile killer. But worry not; this can be fixed with help of a bridge.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

Have you heard about prosthetics? Well, a dental bridge is like a dental prosthetic. If you are missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge can complete your set of pearly whites.

These beauties come in different color, shapes, material and sizes. Let’s get to know the most popular ones.

Traditional Dental Bridge

These are popular because of their cost and durability. The bridge comprises fake teeth that are held together by a dental crown. This bridge is used in cases where the gap is between two natural teeth, the bridge is then cemented to these natural teeth to keep it in place.

This bridging process requires the dentist to scrap some part of enamel to make space for the crown. The downside is that enamel never grows back, requiring life-long protection of a crown.

Cantilever Bridge

If you have a single tooth missing, cantilever bridge can be a solution for you. This bridge requires support from only one side; the dental crown is supported by the adjacent natural tooth. The procedure is similar to traditional bridges. The dentist removes some part of the enamel and place the crown using the adjacent tooth as a lever.

The enamel removal and support pressure may cause fractured teeth, loose crown, or chipping.

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges don’t require removal of enamel, as their framework is replaced by metal or porcelain instead of a dental crown. This makes Maryland bridges a bit conservative in nature, compared to the other types of bridges. The bridge is placed in the back of the natural teeth adjacent to the gap.

The strength of the fake teeth may depend on placement of the bridge; they may not stay in place for areas like molar teeth. A lot of biting and pressure may limit its strength. Moreover, they may also get in the way of chewing and biting.

Implant-Supported Bridges

This bridge eliminates the need of both, dental crown or framework. They get their support from dental implants; you can get a separate implant for each missing tooth. The bridge gets its support from the series of implants placed. An implant-supported crown may be placed if a separate implant is not possible.

This bridge placement consists of two surgeries, one for implants and another for bridge placement. The duration of this entire process is around 5 months.

Go To A Professional Dentist

Bridge placement can be tricky and requires an experienced professional like, Bethesda Dental Health. They have certified dentists providing quality services in a friendly environment. Book your appointment now.


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