A dental bridge is one method to fill a gap by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth. Dental bridge or pontic is a custom-made false tooth or teeth, that is permanently placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by crowns laced on the healthy teeth on each side of space to be filled.
Types Of Dental Bridges
- TRADITIONAL DENTAL BRIDGES
Traditional bridges are the most popular kind of bridge. These bridges consist of one or more pontics (fake teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns. These dental crowns are also called abutments, and they are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth.
- CANTILEVER BRIDGES
Cantilever bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are very similar to traditional bridges, but the pontic is supported by an abutment on only one side, rather than on both sides. So if there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured.
- MARYLAND BRIDGES
Marlyland bridges also called a resin-bonded bridges or a Maryland bonded bridges. These bridges consist of a pontic that is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
Dental Bridge Materials Types
- Porcelain-fused to Metal (PFM) Bridge
- Porcelain fused to semi-precious alloy >2% dental crowns
- Porcelain fused to semi-precious alloy >50% dental crowns
- Porcelain fused to high-precious alloy >85% dental crowns
- All Porcelain Bridge
- 3M Lava (Zirconia) Ceramic Crowns
- Cercon Smart Ceramics (Zirconia) ceramic crowns
- IPS Empress & IPS e.Max ceramic crowns
- All Gold Bridge
The traditional restorative gold crown material can provide stronger support to the remaining healthy tooth structure. Gold crown offers a level of durability that is appropriate for teeth located in the back of the mouth (such as the molars).
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Restores your smile
- Restores your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintains the shape of your face
- Distributes the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevents remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Helps preserve the natural function and position of the teeth
- Restores and maintains natural bite