Dental bridges eliminate the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is comprised of two or more crowns atop the teeth that frame both sides of the gap a false tooth that is placed between these crowns. The prosthetic tooth fills the gap left from the missing tooth and is anchored to natural teeth or implants.
These bridges are used when adjacent teeth only occur on one side of the gap. For this reason, cantilever bridges are rarely used and are not recommended for the back of the mouth.
Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bonded bridges consist of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or may consist of plastic gums and teeth supported by a porcelain or metal framework. Only the wings on one side of the bridge are usually bonded to existing teeth. These wings may be made of either metal or porcelain.
Traditional bridges use a crown placed atop a tooth or implant. A crown is placed on each side of the gap with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
Bridges can last from five to 15 years (and sometimes longer) when properly maintained. Good oral hygiene, regular checkups, and regular care help your bridges last for years. To care for your bridge, keep natural teeth healthy and strong with regular brushing and flossing as directed by your dentist. Having a balanced, healthy diet also keeps your overall health going strong.
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