A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
There are several different kinds of bridges, including:
- Fixed bridge- this is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the surrounding teeth and hold the bridge in place. This is usually the most cosmetically pleasing and comfortable bridge option.
- The Maryland bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the neighboring teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches the existing tooth color.
- The Cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.
Contact us today for more information about what solution would be best for you.