A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that bridges the gap created by one or multiple missing teeth. These bridges are typically attached to the teeth on either side of the gap and contain a single or multiple crowns.
If you have missing teeth, we at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry can help you fix the gaps and restore your smile with the help of dental bridges.
Types of Dental Bridges
Here are some of the main types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridges
A traditional dental bridge is the most popular kind of bridge. It consists of a false tooth or teeth (called abutment) being held in place by crowns on either side of the gap.
Traditional dental bridges are very strong and can be a good choice to restore missing molars. However, their biggest downside is that they require scaling down healthy teeth on either side of the gap to fit them with crowns. Since enamel cannot grow back, this procedure is irreversible, and the adjacent teeth will always need to be covered with crowns, even if you later decide to choose another type of bridge or restorative work.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
Cantilever bridges are not as popular as traditional bridges, though they are still sometimes used. This bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but it only requires one abutment on one side of the gap to anchor it. Because of this, cantilever bridges are not as strong as traditional bridges and can snap or result in tooth fracture if too much pressure is put on the side that is being anchored by the crown.
However, it is less damaging to your oral health since it only requires preparing a single tooth for a crown instead of two teeth on both sides of the gap.
Maryland Dental Bridges
Maryland dental bridges, like traditional bridges, are anchored on both sides of the gap. However, these bridges do not require crowns on top of natural teeth to anchor them. Instead, they come with a metal or ceramic framework that can be bonded to the back of the natural teeth.
As such, Maryland bridges do not require scaling of your healthy teeth at all. However, since they are only attached by resin, the bridge may not be able to withstand a large amount of force and may break off from the teeth. Because of this, Maryland bridges are typically used to restore front teeth. Their framework can also get in the way of your bite and gums.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Bridges come with benefits:
Dental bridges are one of the most conservative ways to restore your teeth’s appearance and function. If you have missing teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Shohreh Sabeti at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry by calling us at (213) 314-0636 today.