A dental bridge may be the ideal solution if you are missing one of your teeth. They are known to affordably ‘bridge’ gaps in a durable manner while also providing surrounding teeth with extra protection. Dental bridges can last upwards of 30 years if proper oral hygiene practices are followed. The fitting process is virtually pain free when compared to dental implants. There are three different styles of dental bridges available.
- Traditional Dental Bridges -This is the most common type of dental bridge, and the process involves affixing a crown on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to hold the replacement manufactured tooth in place. Traditional bridges are composed of ceramic or a combination of porcelain and metal.
- Cantilever Dental Bridges - Common if more than one tooth is absent, or if the missing tooth is in the back of the mouth with only one tooth beside it, a cantilever bridge may be used. It allows, the missing tooth to be anchored to one neighboring tooth.
- Maryland Bridges - This option does not require crowning other teeth, but instead uses a metal or porcelain framework to connect your new resin tooth to existing surrounding teeth.