A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace missing teeth and protect your oral health. Here, our Kanata dentists share the different types of bridges, and the pros and cons of each.
Dental bridges are natural-looking dental restorations that can replace a section of missing teeth.
Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can help restore the natural contour of your teeth and your bite.
With so many types of dental bridges available, your dentist can surely help you find a solution for closing the gaps in your smile.
Traditional bridges consist of one or more tooth replacements that are held in place by dental crowns. Your dentist may recommend this type of bridge if you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth.
But first, your dentist will need to prepare the neighbouring teeth by removing their enamel. This is to make room for the dental crown that will be placed on top of them, and means the tooth will always require a crown.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they are only supported by a dental crown on one side of the gap between teeth.
Like traditional bridges, your dentist will need to remove the enamel from the neighbouring tooth to make room for the crown and support the bridge.
Because these restorations are only supported on one side, they may lead to complications like fractured teeth or loosened crowns in the longrun.
Maryland bridges are held in place by a metal or porcelain framework which is bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. Since this type of bridge isn't held in place by crowns, the neighbouring teeth don't require any enamel to be removed.
Because the bridge is only held in place by resin used during the bonding process, it may not stay in place in areas that see a lot of biting force, like the molars.
Implant-supported bridges can be used when you have more than one tooth missing. Instead of being supported by dental crowns or frameworks, these bridges are supported by dental implants.
Two surgeries are usually required - one to place the implants and one to place the bridge. Typically, one implant is placed for each missing tooth, and together, they hold the bridge in place.
Because these bridges are secured by implants, they feel secure and comfortable, just like the natural teeth they replace.