Dental Bridges

What is a Dental Bridge?

What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is a permanent restoration, similar to a crown. However, a bridge consists of 2 or more connected crowns. There are two different parts to a dental bridge: an abutment and a pontic. The abutment is the crown that is cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the gap. This crown can be placed over both natural teeth and implants. Connected to the crowns is the pontic; pontics are artificial teeth that are placed in the gap left by a missing tooth.

This process typically involves two visits; call with any questions to find out what’s best for you.

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Different Types of Dental Bridges

There are three different types of bridges: the traditional bridge, the cantilever bridge, and the Maryland bridge. A traditional bridge is the most commonly used type of bridge and is typically three units: two abutment crowns (one on each side), and a pontic in the middle. The cantilever bridge is used when there is only one tooth available to be used as an anchor for the bridge. Cantilever bridges are not recommended for the back of the mouth because they are not structured for the amount of force used in that area. A Maryland bridge is where a pontic is created to fill the gap due to a missing tooth and instead of creating abutment crowns the pontic has metal or porcelain wings on each side that are then bonded to the existing teeth.

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