Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap - these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth - and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
WHAT CAN BRIDGES DO?
Restore your smile
Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
Maintain the shape of your face
Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL BRIDGES ARE AVAILABLE?
1. Traditional Bridge
Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. They involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between.
2. Cantilever Bridge
Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
3. Maryland Bonded Bridge
Maryland Bonded Bridges (also called a Resin-Bonded Bridge) are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.