Are you wondering what the different types of dental bridges are? There are four different types of dental bridges. A bridge is an easy fix when you have missing teeth. It completes the gap to make it look like you have ungapped teeth. Let’s go over the four types of bridges.
1. Maryland dental bridge
A Maryland dental bridge is similar to a traditional crown in that it uses two remaining teeth, or implants, on each side of the gap. However, it differs from a traditional bridge in that the abutment teeth are fitted with pins or frameworks that are bonded onto their backs.
2. Traditional dental bridge
If you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth, a traditional dental bridge is likely a good option for you. A traditional dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that consists of a false tooth or teeth being held in place by dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth.
3. Implant-supported dental bridge
As the name implies, implant-supported bridges use dental implants as opposed to crowns or frameworks. Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants hold the bridge in position. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
4. Cantilever dental bridge
A cantilever bridge uses a single dental crown on one side of your missing tooth gap to attach a pontic to the healthy tooth on the other side. This may be the right option for you if you have just one natural tooth next to your space.
You have options if you’re missing a tooth or a number of teeth. A dental bridge is one and there are four types. There are benefits to dental bridges. Talk to a dentist asap about what type of bridge is best for you. Contact us today to schedule an honest appointment.