What are dental bridges?

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What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are a valuable solution for replacing missing teeth, allowing you to regain your smile, maintain facial contours, and improve functionality. Let’s explore the different types of dental bridges:

  1. Traditional Fixed Bridges: These are the most common type of bridges. They consist of a false tooth (pontic) held in place by dental crowns on either side. Traditional bridges work well when natural teeth are present on both sides of the gap created by the missing tooth.

  2. Cantilever Bridges: Similar to traditional bridges, cantilever bridges use a dental crown to anchor the pontic. However, in this case, the pontic is supported by just one abutment tooth. You’ll need a natural tooth adjacent to the gap for a cantilever bridge.

  3. Implant-Supported Bridges: These bridges utilize dental implants for each missing tooth. The implants are surgically embedded into your jawbone. The bridge, including the pontics, is then placed over the implants. Implant-supported bridges offer excellent stability and durability

  4. Maryland Bridges (Resin-Bonded Bridges): Maryland bridges employ two natural abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Instead of crowns, they use porcelain or metal frameworks with “wings” bonded to the back of your teeth. These bridges are often used for front teeth replacement.

When considering a dental bridge, factors such as cost, overall oral health, and the specific type of bridge play a role. Discuss your options with your dentist at Signature Smiles to make an informed decision. Remember, a well-fitted dental bridge can enhance your smile and quality of life!