A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, made of two crowns placed on abutment teeth
Losing a tooth or having to go through a tooth extraction can be frustrating. Apart from the negative effect that tooth loss can have on your aesthetics, it can also have adverse effects on your dental health. However, dental science has provided a lot of affordable and effective tooth replacement options for you. Dental bridges are one of the most effective tooth replacement options that dental science has provided.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, made of two crowns placed on abutment teeth or implants on either side of a gap in the mouth. Although pontics can be made from different materials like gold, they’re made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are mainly four types under the classification of a fixed dental bridge. They are:
A traditional dental bridge is made up of a false tooth or teeth that are held in place by cemented dental crowns. These dental crowns are cemented to each of the abutment teeth. A traditional dental bridge can be recommended for you when you have natural teeth on both sides of the void created by your missing tooth. It is one of the most popular types of dental bridges used when looking for tooth replacement options.
With this type of tooth bridge, the dental crown that holds the pontic is not cemented to an abutment tooth. The Maryland dental bridge makes use of a framework of either metal or porcelain. This framework made with porcelain or metal is bonded on the backs of the abutment teeth. However, this dental bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge as they both need two natural abutment teeth at each side of the missing tooth gap.
The dental crown which holds the poetic in a cantilever dental bridge is cemented to only one abutment tooth. This type of dental bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge. This type of dental bridge is suitable for you even if you have only one natural tooth left next to the gap created by your missing tooth.
With this type of dental bridge, a crown or framework is not needed. This type of dental bridge makes use of dental implants. An implant is placed for every missing tooth during this dental bridge procedure, and these placed implants support the tooth bridge. The implants help to hold the bridge in position. If an implant for each missing tooth cannot be made, two implant-supported crowns would hold the pontic for the bridge.
Implant-supported dental bridges are considered the strongest dental bridges for tooth replacement surgery. It requires surgery to insert the implants into the jawbone, and another one to fix the bridge. It might take months to complete but it is worth it because it is the most stable type of dental bridge.
With a range of choices, our dentists can help you decide which one is best for you depending on your teeth, durability, and budget.
Dental bridges are used to replace your missing natural teeth and perform their functions. They are used to:
These and many more are reasons why dental bridges can be preferred as a better tooth replacement option.