What is a dental bridge?
As the name suggests, a dental bridge spans a gap where one or more teeth are missing, providing replacement teeth called pontics. There are four types of dental bridges available, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Your dentist will help you choose the right dental bridge to meet your needs.
- • Traditional bridge:Attached at each end to a natural tooth via a crown, traditional bridges remain the most popular style, but are starting to fall out favor due the amount of healthy tooth structure that must be removed to fit the crowns. Traditional bridges are often made of dental porcelain over a metal framework, but can also be crafted entirely from porcelain.
- • Cantilever bridge:A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but is attached only at one end. Today, dental implants are more often used to provide additional support, so cantilever bridges are no longer common. However, they can be useful in some specific circumstances.
- • Maryland bridge:Less expensive but less aesthetic than a traditional bridge, a Maryland bridge is bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth rather than supported by crowns. A major advantage of a Maryland bridge is that the healthy tooth structure is not destroyed. An Encore bridge is an all-ceramic Maryland bridge that creates a more aesthetic look.
- • Implant-supported bridge:Implant-supported bridges are considered the gold standard in modern bridgework. The adjacent healthy teeth are left undisturbed, as the bridge is anchored by dental implants at each end. This is the most aesthetic alternative, but also the most expensive.
Married dentists Chad and Alexandra Schnabel welcome you to Savannah Dental Solutions. From caring children’s dentistry to high-tech cosmetic procedures and even full-mouth reconstruction, we blend the latest technology with traditional customer-oriented values. To start your journey to better oral health, call us today at (912) 354-1366.