A dental bridge can close gaps between missing teeth. Bridges are false teeth it is held in place on either side of the gap by connecting. The bridge will be made in order to best blend in with surrounding natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges have a false tooth that is held in place by dental crowns. This is the most popular type of bridge and can be used when there are natural teeth surrounding the missing tooth.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, the difference is that cantilever bridges are held in place by a crown connected to only one tooth, rather than two. You only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth’s gap.
Implant-supported bridges use dental implants instead of crowns. An implant will be placed for each missing tooth and these will hold the bridge into position. The bridge can also be suspended between two implant-supported crowns. This is considered the strongest and most stable bridge, but it can require multiple surgeries.
Maryland dental bridges utilize two natural teeth on either side of the gap. Traditional bridges use crowns, but a Maryland bridge uses a framework, made of metal or porcelain that is bound to the back of teeth.
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