What are dental bridges?
Dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that often involve the use of crowns and pontics (false teeth).
The three most common types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, implant supported bridges and maryland bridges, and all of them have their unique advantages. Unlike dentures, bridges are not removable and they are long-lasting and durable. They can be also be made more aesthetic through the use of resin bonded bridges and non-metal porcelain crowns.
Traditional dental bridges replace missing teeth by using crowns fixated on adjacent teeth. The surfaces of the adjacent teeth are shaved down and the bridge is cemented to replace any missing teeth.
The two teeth on either side of the tooth you're looking to replace are first shaved down and a mould is taken for the crowns.
If you opt for a ceramic or porcelain bridge, it looks and functions similar to natural teeth.
Implant-supported dental bridges replace missing teeth by using crowns fixated onto implants that are placed into the jaw.
This can be a more economical and less invasive option to individual implant crowns.
MARYLAND BRIDGES/ RESIN-BONDED BRIDGES
The Maryland bridge is a more cost-effective and less invasive tooth replacement option compared to other dental bridges. The process removes less of the adjacent teeth and can be a suitable option in selected candidates and low bite force areas.