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4 Types of Dental Bridges Explained

Do you or someone you know have missing teeth but believe there’s no need for restoration? 

Missing teeth can impact your self-esteem. Even if a gap isn’t visible to other people, it can still become troublesome. 

Teeth have the tendency to move. A gap in your smile allows your teeth to shift, causing bite and misalignment issues. If you’re missing several teeth, you’re at risk of jaw bone loss. 

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to restore the beauty of your smile: dental bridges. 

Dental bridges are prosthetics that can replace the space between one or more missing teeth. They involve the use of two or more crowns that are anchored to the neighboring teeth. Dental bridges can be anchored to either healthy natural teeth or implants. 

Below, we asked our team at Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry to explain the unique characteristics of several dental bridges. Read on to learn how to make an informed decision about restoring your missing teeth. 

1. Traditional dental bridges

The most common type of dental bridge, the traditional bride is the ideal solution if you have only one missing tooth. Our experts attach the dental bridge to the surrounding healthy teeth on both sides of the gap with the help of two dental crowns, enabling the artificial tooth to stay in place. 

2. Maryland dental bridges

The Maryland dental bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge with one difference: Instead of two dental crowns on both sides of the gap, a metal framework is used. 

Our experts bond the framework to the back of healthy teeth on each side of the gap to hold the bridge.  

3. Cantilever dental bridges

Our experts recommend cantilever dental bridges to patients who have only one healthy neighboring tooth on only one side of the missing tooth. Unlike the previous dental bridges we mentioned, this type of bridge requires just one point of contact to anchor the artificial tooth. 

4. Implant-supported dental bridges

Implant-supported dental bridges are ideal for patients who are missing several teeth in a row and don’t have healthy neighboring teeth on either side. 

Implants are highly stable and can support dental bridges for decades. As with the traditional dental bridge, the artificial tooth is bonded to two implants on both sides of the gap. 

Take advantage of dental bridges and smile with confidence

If you’re missing one or several teeth, our staff can use dental bridges to restore the beauty of your smile. Contact to schedule an appointment and learn more about dental bridge prices. We can help you determine which dental bridge suits your individual needs. 

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