What is a Bridge?

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These false teeth are called pontics.  Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

Bridges can:

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between.  Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.

Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.  This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.

Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework.  Metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Before you run for the hills over a bridge, relax.  Your dentist will be able to let you know which bridge will work best for you.

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