When a patient has two healthy, natural teeth on either side of a tooth gap, one reconstructive treatment option is a dental bridge. Below are some of the different types of dental bridges, and how they help restore patients’ ability to bite and chew.
These are the most common type of dental bridge. The abutment teeth on either side of the extraction site will each receive a crown, and these crowns will hold an artificial tooth in between them.
An implant-supported bridge is the same basic concept as a traditional bridge: two teeth on either side of a gap support an artificial tooth in the middle. However, the two abutment teeth on either side of the gap are both dental implants, not crowned teeth.
A cantilever bridge is rare, and usually not recommended for most patients. This is because instead of anchoring the middle tooth between two crowned teeth, a cantilever bridge is attaches it to just one crowned tooth. Because the artificial tooth is anchored only on one side, there is an increased risk of the bridge loosening over time. However, cantilever bridges are still a good option when dental implants or traditional bridges are not possible.
Also known as an “adhesive bridge” or “resin-bonded bridge,” a Maryland dental bridge is a less expensive and less invasive alternative to traditional bridges. It is essentially an artificial tooth with two small metal or porcelain “wings” bonded onto the backs of two abutment teeth. Although this is less invasive than other options, it is also less effective and less permanent, and will need to be replaced every 5-8 years.
If you are struggling with a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, stop by our Statesville dentist office, and Dr. Schmidt will be happy to help you! We will determine which bridge type, if any, is right for you, and map out a treatment plan that fits your schedule and your budget. Click here to fit out our easy appointment request form.