Many individuals experience the common occurrence of missing one or more teeth.
According to the ADA, adults may typically have an average of three missing or decayed teeth. Thankfully, several solutions exist for replacing missing teeth, including dental bridges.
A dental bridge may serve to restore an area with one or more adjacent missing teeth. Comprising two primary components, a bridge consists of abutments (or supports) and a pontic, which is the synthetic tooth replacing the missing one. In cases of a single missing tooth, the adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns, with the synthetic tooth connected to these crowns. For multiple adjacent missing teeth, one or more implants may be utilized as abutments.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Dental Bridge: This common type involves crowning existing teeth with pontics held in place by the crowned abutments, creating a support structure or "bridge" for the missing teeth.
- Cantilever Bridge: Like a traditional bridge but supported on only one side, potentially causing additional stress on the supporting tooth.
- Implant-Supported Bridge: Instead of relying on existing teeth, dental implants provide support for one or both sides of the bridge, offering a secure restoration, especially beneficial for multiple adjacent missing teeth.
- Maryland Bridge: Supported by a metal structure cemented onto the back of existing teeth, this bridge preserves adjacent tooth structure by avoiding the use of crowns for abutments. However, it may not withstand heavy forces during biting and chewing and can exert pressure on supporting teeth.
Reach out to our office to explore your restorative options and achieve the smile you desire.