Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. These are cemented into place and cannot be removed by the patient. The bridge is made out of three pieces that fit into the open space in the mouth, "bridging" the gap. These are made of false tooth, held together by two crowns a "cap" that covers the tooth. These are then cemented to the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap.
Almost everyone who has one or more missing teeth is a candidate for a dental bridge. However, the difference between proper and improper oral hygiene is, generally, what determines the success of the dental bridge.
- Restore smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Retains the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
There are several different types of dental bridges used for the missing tooth or teeth.
Traditional bridge- here a false tooth is held firm together by 2 crowns. All three are then cemented to the abutment teeth. The abutment teeth are the teeth that are present in the vicinity of each side of the gap
Resin Bonded Bridge- this is also famously known as the “Maryland bridge”. This procedure is commonly used when the missing teeth are the ones that are located in the front of the mouth. Here, the false teeth are fused to metal bands and cemented to the abutment teeth with resin cement.
Cantilever bridge is the type of procedure which is most appropriate when there is only one abutment tooth on either side of the span.