Just as the name suggests, dental bridges “bridge the gap” between one or more missing teeth. More specifically, a bridge is comprised of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (the anchoring teeth are referred to as abutment teeth) and a false tooth/teeth between. The false teeth are referred to as pontics and can be made from alloys, porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by your natural teeth or can be supported by implants as well.
• Traditional Bridges
These dental bridges involved creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with pontic in between. The most common type of bridges are traditional bridges and are typically made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
• Cantilever Bridges
Are a type of dental bridges that are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. An uncommon occurrence, they are not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and possibly damage them.
• Maryland Bonded Bridges
These dental bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. You will have metal or porcelain wings on either side of the bridge bonded to your existing teeth.