Many patients with chipped teeth or an aching tooth might get a recommendation for a dental bridge. But what is a dental bridge? This is a type of fixed dental prosthesis applied in order to replace several missing teeth or just one missing tooth. It is also in the top five most common dental procedures in the world due to the fact that it's simple, relatively affordable and most of all, reliable.
Dental bridges come in the form of one of the following three:
● Traditional dental bridges – a crown is created on either side of the missing tooth, and a pontic is placed in between. This is the most common type of bridge. Preferred materials include ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
● Cantilever dental bridges – a crown is created on only one side of the missing teeth. This type of bridge is not recommended for teeth subjected to high pressure, such as the molars.
● Maryland bonded dental bridges– these are created from plastic, porcelain fused to metal or porcelain, supported by a porcelain or metal framework. Porcelain or metal wings on each side of the tooth are then bonded to the patient’s existing teeth. The main advantage of this type of bridge is that the patient’s healthy teeth do not need to be capped with a crown.
Patients with missing teeth or gaps between the teeth are good candidates for a dental bridge procedure.
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