Fixed solutions to replace a missing tooth by a bridging structure
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges can be both a fixed and removable option to replace missing teeth. They comprise of a bridge unit (what holds your new teeth together), pontics (the in-between artificial teeth), and dental crowns (anchoring the bridge).
There are typically 4 types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges: bridges that are supported by two crowns on your natural teeth.
Cantilever bridges: similar to traditional bridges, but instead they are only secured in place by one side.
Maryland bridges: bridges that are bonded to the backs of your adjacent teeth (no tooth preparation). They are classically limited in the forces they can handle.
Implant retained bridge: bridges that are held in place by implant that are secured into the jaw bone. They are seen as the gold standard for tooth replacement.
Benefits of dental bridges
- Replacing a missing element by a bridging structure will give your mouth its full biting function back.
- Since they are flexible in materials and supports, your dentist can tailor the treatment plan to your budget and needs.
- Dental laboratories are able manufacture artificial bridges that are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
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