Dental bridges are used to ‘bridge’ the gaps where teeth are missing. Dental bridge is a custom-made false tooth or teeth that are permanently placed between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth.
They can be supported in any of the following ways:
• Through natural teeth.
• Through implants.
• Through a combination of teeth and implants.
Types of Bridges
• Conventional Bridges:
The Conventional bridge is finished by creating a crown for the teeth on either side of the space and placing a false tooth in between the crown. The crowns may be supported using dental implants and natural teeth. A false tooth or several false teeth are attached to the crown in order to fill the empty space.
• Resin-Bonded Bridges:
This is also commonly known as the “Maryland Bridge consists of a metal framework with a porcelain tooth baked on to the front of the framework. The framework then ends up as a false tooth with two metal wings on the side. These metal wings are prepared to have a porous surface so that they can receive a bonding agent, and then the wings are bonded to the back side of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
• Cantilever Bridges:
Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one natural adjacent tooth.