Types of Dental Bridge Procedures
There are three types of dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. There two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
Resin Bonded Bridges
The resin bonded is primarily used for your front teeth. Less expensive, this bridge is best used when the abutment teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. This type of bridge reduces the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.
- Introduction to dental bridges
- Just what is a dental bridge?
- Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
- Procedure description: Dental Bridges
- Types of dental bridges available
- How much do dental bridges cost?
- Pros and cons of getting a dental bridge
- Before and after pictures - dental bridges
- Personal stories from dental bridge patients
- Determining the color for your dental bridge
- Dental bridge message board and discussion
A guide to dental bridges.