Bridging the gap with a durable, attractive replacement
When a tooth can’t be saved and needs to be replaced, your dentist may recommend a dental bridge – an artificial tooth anchored to one or both adjacent teeth using crowns.
The bridge closes the gap and stabilises your bite, creating a long-lasting and attractive replacement.
The three types of dental bridges
Traditional Bridges – The most common bridge, traditional bridges are either porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. A crown is created for the tooth or teeth on either side of the gap with an imitation or false tooth (a ‘pontic’) in between.
Cantilever Bridges – Used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth, a cantilever bridge is best suited to the back of the mouth where there is less risk of damage to other teeth.
Resin-bonded Bridges – Resin-bonded bridges, are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings bond the side of the bridge to your existing teeth.
A bridge offers other benefits too
While a bridge is a cosmetic treatment that restores your smile and maintains the shape of your face, it has other important oral health benefits. It also improves your ability to chew and speak, and protects neighboring teeth from damage.
At Dental on Lawrence, your dentist will consider your jawbone density, general oral health and other factors in advising if a dental bridge is the best option for replacement of your missing teeth.