What is a Bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration also known as a fixed dental prosthesis. A bridge is made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth ( or multiple teeth ) in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by your natural teeth or dental implants.
Types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common any more and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
Maryland bonded bridges ( also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge ) are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
Implant retained Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth.