A dental bridge literally bridges the space in between teeth. It is typically made of at least two crowns that cover each tooth on either side of the gap or missing tooth. These teeth are known as abutment teeth and are further supported by a false tooth known as the pontic. The pontic can also be a natural and existing tooth found in between the abutment teeth. The natural pontic may also be prepared to receive a crown made of porcelain, alloy, gold or a combination of these materials.
At the McLoud Family Dentistry, dentists ensure that the installation of dental bridges can restore patients’ smile and maintain the shape of their faces. They also aim to bring their patients’ ability to speak and chew properly. These installations also promote the distribution of the patients’ bite and avoid teeth surrounding the gap to drift out of their positions.
Our dentists have well-rounded experience in installing the three different types of dental bridge, particularly the most traditional type. The traditional type employs the most common procedure of preparing crowns for each tooth on either side of the gap, and implanting a tooth or another crown to serve as the pontic. The traditional bridge typically uses porcelain fused with ceramic or other metals.
Although the cantilever type is uncommon, it may also be installed if necessary. A patient may use this type if he has at least two missing teeth in just one side. The bridge is usually prepared with a single crown and two false teeth attached to it. The crown is fitted over the will tooth, while the attachments are positioned over the gaps. Dentists would only install this type if the existing tooth has been assessed to withstand the force the entire bridge will most likely put into it.
This type, also known as resin-bonded bridge, is bonded on the patient’s existing tooth. It usually has wings on either side to support the entire framework. In most cases, the false tooth is positioned on the gap and may be made of durable plastic with porcelain wings to hold on to the existing teeth on either side. A Maryland bridge can also be made of porcelain fused with metals or alloys.