Dental bridge is a dental restoration that replaces 2 or more missing teeth. The artificial teeth are anchored either to natural teeth or to implants. This depends on the number of missing teeth and the location of the missing teeth, as well as the condition of the supporting teeth.
There are several types of dental bridge:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
This is the most popular type of bridge where the crown (pontic) is supported by abutments on both sides, either by natural teeth or implants.
Cantilever bridge is a bridge with one anchor or abutment. This type of bridge is used when there is only one tooth available to hold the pontic, meaning, there is no available tooth to support on the other side. This is suitable to areas of the tooth receives less or no bite pressure, like front tooth.
Maryland Bridge consists of false teeth with a set of “wings” to be used to attach at the back of supporting teeth on each side without making any alterations to the supporting teeth.
Advantages of Dental Bridge
- Improves bite and speaking
- Prevents shifting of existing teeth
- Prevents further weakening of existing teeth
- Improves appearance
- Eliminate worries and embarrassment from falling off denture