A bridge is one of the options that you have when deciding how to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The replacement of these missing teeth is necessary in order to maintain proper mouth functions. Tooth loss can affect the way you eat, speak, and the alignment of other teeth in your mouth.
Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very similar in that it attaches the natural teeth on either side of the gap to a prosthetic tooth in the middle. This bridge acts as your new teeth, closing the gap and restoring your smile. Bridges are often constructed of a gold or metal framework with porcelain on top of the framework.
There are three main types of bridges:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (fake tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or porcelain.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This type of bridge can only be done on a front tooth.
- Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain teeth supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth. This type of bridge can only be done on a front tooth.