Traditional dental bridges are the most common. These bridges consist of crowns, two of which are placed on top of abutment teeth that secure your bridge in place. Pontic teeth rest in between these crowns, effectively replacing your missing tooth or teeth.
Maryland dental bridges are sometimes referred to as resin-bonded bridges because of their structure. These dental bridges are a common solution for patients who need to replace missing teeth in the front of their mouth. Maryland dental bridges use metal bands to attach pontic teeth to the backs of your natural adjacent teeth.
Cantilever dental bridges are similar to traditional dental bridges and are an ideal option if you have natural teeth present on only one side of your tooth gap. Cantilever dental bridges only use one abutment tooth to secure the bridge to your mouth.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, sometimes even longer if you routinely practice good oral hygiene. However, dental bridges may loosen or suffer damage, and in those cases, they will need to be serviced by your dental health provider.
Dental bridges have a long life span and are intended to be a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental bridges that are installed as fixed dental bridges are permanent, but some dental bridges are removable. Removable dental bridges are commonly known as partial dentures.
Dental implants act as a completely new tooth. Implants will require surgery, as a new artificial root structure will need to be implanted into your jawbone. Dental bridges are ideal for patients missing more than one tooth and those who desire a less invasive procedure.
If your dental bridge is loose and needs to be readjusted, your dentist should be able to easily remove and recement your bridge. We recommend you make an appointment with your dentist if you’re experiencing discomfort or think your dental bridge needs to be recemented.
Dental bridges consist of crowns, pontic teeth, and sometimes metal clasps. Pontic teeth and crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, gold, or a combination of materials.