Dental bridges are used to actually bridge the gap that is produced by one or more missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges including traditional-fixed, cantilever, and resin-bonded bridges. The traditional-fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge. It is comprised of a false tooth which is held in place by crowns that have been cemented onto the connector teeth. The traditional bridge is often used when there are natural teeth on either side of the gap that was created by the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges are very similar to traditional bridges. Cantilever bridges only require teeth on one side of the gap. Maryland bonded or resin-bonded bridges are made of porcelain fused metal crowns which are reinforced by a metal framework. Metal wings that are on each side of the bridge are bonded to your actual teeth in order for the bridge to stay in place. This method is often implemented for the replacement of front teeth.
Dental bridges have great benefits. They will restore your ability to chew and speak properly, assist in maintaining the shape of your face, reestablish a proper bite, and prevent your teeth from shifting. Most importantly dental bridges will restore your smile, which will lead to a boost in confidence and happiness!