According to the American Dental Association, the average adult has more than three missing teeth and is always worried that the gaps in their teeth will affect their smile. But now bridges are here to save your smiles.
A bridge, a restorative procedure, is a false tooth consisting of two crowns put on abutment teeth on either side of the gap. The abutment teeth are natural teeth that are held by crowns to support the artificial tooth. The false tooth is also known as a pontic, made from different materials such as porcelain or gold. So, if you have a missing or decayed tooth and are looking for options to gain back your confident smile, Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS can help with it.
Dental Bridges and Their Types
There are four kinds of dental bridges. The first type of bridge is the traditional dental bridge. They are the most commonly used and popular type of dental bridge. We use traditional dental bridges when you have natural teeth that surround the gap created by a tooth that has been missing. These kinds of bridges have more than one pontic teeth that have been placed by abutment teeth. They are made from strong material such as porcelain or ceramic that can easily replace molars. The removal of some part of the enamel is a disadvantage of a traditional bridge, making enough space to place the crowns.
The second type is cantilever bridges, which are similar to standard bridges. We use cantilever bridges when your teeth are on the gap but only on each side, so they are attached to an abutment tooth. It has the same process as traditional bridges, which is removing the enamel for the adjacent tooth's preparation to assist the dental bridge placed on it.
The third type of bridge is the Maryland bridge, which is also called a resin-bonded bridge. Maryland bridges are used when you have to replace any of your front teeth. These bridges are made of either material like porcelain or metal to hold the abutment tooth with the back of natural teeth. The advantage of Maryland bridges is that there is no need to remove the adjacent teeth's enamel. However, Maryland bridges do not have a long life as compared to traditional bridges. They work as a binding material. Therefore, they are not strong enough to be placed in places that we mostly use to bite.
The fourth and the last type of dental bridge is the implant-supported bridge. They are identical to traditional dental bridges, except that dental implants assist them instead of your natural teeth. We use these types of bridges when there are two or more missing teeth or a great possibility of putting pressure on each implant that they cannot bear. It might take a few months as it consists of two surgeries: one for the setting of your dental implants, and the second is for placing the bridge. The type of bridge used depends on the missing or decayed teeth you have. To find out which of the four types of bridges is best for you, please call Dr. Emily Zaramella, DDS at 737-273-3303 today.