Dental Bridges

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Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are types of fixed dental prostheses used for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. They work by permanently connecting adjacent teeth or dental implants to an artificial tooth.

Bridges can also be used for the protection and recontouring of teeth that have experienced significant damage, as well as for preventing some types of complications caused by tooth loss.

There are numerous types of dental bridges available for patients. The type of bridge that works for you depends upon your unique clinical situation, as well as factors such as your personal desires, financial situation and the preferences of your dentist.

Although dental bridges are not used as often today as they were in the past, due largely to the popularity of dental implants, they still see widespread use globally.

Some types of dental bridges include:

  • Traditional Bridge
  • Cantilever Bridge
  • Maryland Bridge
  • Composite Bridge
  • Implant-Supported Bridge

Traditional Bridge

The most popular type of dental bridge available, traditional bridges are useful in situations where you have some natural teeth remaining, or dental implants available to attach the bridge onto.

Traditional bridges are typically lightweight and small, providing good chewing comfort that redistributes the biting impact that was once taken up by your missing teeth.

One negative of traditional bridges is that some tooth structure must be removed prior to placement. So dental crowns must be placed on abutment teeth to protect them.

Cantilever Bridges

This type of bridge is useful in situations where there is only one available anchor tooth for support. It is not advisable for the back part of the mouth because it places increased bite force on abutment teeth.

Maryland Bridges

The Maryland bridge is a winged bridge sometimes known as a resin-bonded bridge. It incorporates plastic teeth strengthened by a metal frame. The anchor teeth will have the metal attachments bonded onto them, which are found on the opposing sides. This type of bridge is typically used for front teeth.

If you receive a Maryland bridge, we will only need to minimally contour abutment teeth. Maryland bridges are known for being relatively efficient and cost effective in comparison to the traditional dental bridge. However, it is only a viable option for those who have bites that fall within a certain range.

Composite Bridge

If you need an affordable and easy solution, and only have one or two missing teeth, a composite bridge may suit your needs. Usually only one dental appointment is required to install a composite bridge.

Like Maryland bridges, composite bridges are best thought of as temporary solutions useful for those with periodontal disease who did not have their compromised teeth extracted until it was absolutely necessary.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Increasingly popular among patients, the implant-supported bridge does not require removing any tooth structure from neighboring teeth. No bulky structures are needed, since dental implants will anchor the bridge.

It has been found that placing too many dental implants together leads to an increased rate of implant rejections and failures. It is important that your implant-supported dental bridge is designed so that you can clean the area properly. If you have a bridge supported by two implants, it is actually more effective and easier than if you had three dental implants in a row.

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