Tooth loss is extremely common. Many U.S. adults are missing at least one tooth, but a dental bridge might be able to help.
There are several different options for dental bridges, and your dentist can help you select the one for your unique situation.
Traditional Dental Bridges
A traditional dental bridge involves an artificial tooth (or teeth) surrounded by one or more abutment teeth. Abutment teeth are the natural teeth that will receive the crowns during dental bridge placement.
These bridges are the most common, and they'll be made from ceramic material or porcelain that has been fused to metal.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Instead of being supported by a framework or crown, implant-supported bridges utilize dental implants.
Typically, one implant is placed for each missing tooth, and they hold the bridge into place. If placing an implant for each lost tooth isn't a possibility, a bridge may consist of a false tooth suspended between two crowns supported by implants.
Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges
Sometimes known as a resin-bonded bridge, this option is made out of porcelain, plastic, or porcelain fused to metal. They are supported by a framework containing wings on one side of the bridge. These wings are bonded to the existing teeth to replace the tooth that is missing.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
In the event that adjacent teeth are only available on one side of a missing tooth, a cantilever bridge may be used. This isn't a common scenario, and these bridges aren't recommended for the molars.
In these situations, too much force could be placed on the teeth, resulting in damage. However, depending on your situation, they may be a suitable option for missing teeth in the front of your mouth.
Do you have additional questions about whether a dental bridge might be right for you? Contact us today for an evaluation.