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.
Before Full Upper Arch Resin Bridge
After Full Upper Arch Resin Bridge
What type of dental bridge is best for me?
While traditional dental bridges are most common, they are not necessarily the right choice for every patient.
If you only have teeth adjacent to one side of your cap (the space missing one or multiple teeth), a Cantilever bridge may suit you best.
Maryland bridges are great for individuals who do not want to treat natural teeth beside the tooth cap. These types of bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth without having to cap adjacent teeth. Instead, a metal framework connected to the porcelain tooth (that will fill the gap) is adhered with a bonding agent and metal wings to the teeth on either side of the cap.
To truly know which type of dental bridge is best for you, a consultation with your dentist is a must! Contact Kneib to schedule an appointment today.
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