Tooth Restoration

Things You Need To Know About Dental Bridges

Losing a tooth or teeth is no fun. But then, many people lose their teeth for various reasons. Of course restoration becomes important but people wonder about the right option to go for. One of the most viable options to consider in this regard is the placement of bridge. Bridges can be placed to restore one to multiple missing teeth. Unlike dentures, bridges cannot be removed.

The reason bridges are called bridges is that they literally create a bridge to fill the gap left by missing tooth or teeth. The faux tooth which fills the gap is called pontic, and it is connected to the nearby teeth or implants. The tooth or implant which holds the pontic is known as abutment.

In this article, we are going to discuss some types of dental bridges.

Traditional bridges

A traditional bridge mainly consists of two crowns which are placed on the two teeth surrounding the missing tooth or teeth. It means that there must a natural tooth or implant on both sides of the missing tooth or teeth for this bridge to work. The abutment teeth will need to be filed down a bit for the adjustment of crowns over them.

Cantilever Bridges

This type of bridges use one crown instead of two. Typically, this bridge is used to fill the gap of the missing tooth which has no other tooth next to it or that tooth is too weak to support the bridge. This type of bridge is not quite popular because it is not as strong as other types of bridge. Moreover, it may act like a lever and cause complications for the abutment tooth.

Maryland Bridges

Another type of bridges is known as Maryland Bridge. This bridge consists of the pontic teeth which get their support from the metal wings or collars that hold the neck of the surrounding teeth. The best thing about a Maryland bridge is that it doesn’t need the surrounding or abutment teeth to be filed down.

Implant supported bridge

You might need an implant supported bridge if you have more than one tooth missing. This bridge may involve placement of an implant for each pontic tooth. However, this treatment can get a bit complicated and lengthy. Another option is to get a pontic tooth suspended between each two implant supported teeth. It looks more like the traditional bridge in this scenario.

If you want to restore your smile and prevent other damages to your teeth, you can go for the dental bridges. Since there are different types of bridges, you may like the idea of choosing the one that appeals you. however, you need to discuss it with your dentist first before making your mind about getting any particular type of bridge.