The concept of a dental bridge is probably just what you would imagine. It literally bridges the gap of one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge includes two crowns or caps for the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, which are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth or teeth in between. The false teeth that fill the gap are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. We, at Kneib Dentistry, like to use the high quality porcelain pontics. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth and/or implants.
A dental bridge can be one of the following:
- Traditional bridges (most common) involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic (fake tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal (PFM)or all porcelain.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the gap (missing tooth or teeth), in which it is not technically “bridging” the gap.
- Maryland bridges are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
The benefits of a dental bridge include:
- The restoration of your smile
- The restoration of your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position
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