Dental bridges are a popular choice when it comes to teeth restoration. As technology and dental procedures advance, there have also been advancements in dental bridges. Here at Barry J Cunha, DDS in Lexington, MA, we stay up to date with all the latest techniques in dentistry to give you the service you deserve.
A few problems can get in the way of applying dental bridges. With each hurdle comes a solution. Now we have four types of dental bridges, and we choose which type to use based on your dental situation.
As the name implies, traditional bridges are the most commonly used and are considered prototypes. To apply a traditional bridge, the replacement tooth (or teeth) is fixed in place by dental crowns applied to adjacent teeth.
In other words, if you have a missing tooth, we apply crowns to both adjacent healthy teeth, and the replacement tooth is held in place because of them. Traditional bridges need healthy and strong adjacent or flanking teeth.
Cantilever bridges were made to replace a tooth that doesn’t have two healthy adjacent teeth to serve as support for the bridge. A cantilever bridge needs support from a single tooth rather than two. The tooth on either side of the missing one will need a crown.
The issue with installing crowns in traditional or cantilever bridges is that the teeth need to be modified a little by removing the enamel. Maryland bridges don’t use crowns, and thereby the surrounding teeth don’t need to be worked on.
A Maryland bridge relies on a framework to support the fake tooth. This framework, made from porcelain or metal, is fixated to the back of the adjacent teeth. It sounds great, but this method of fixation isn’t as durable as the traditional one.
Finally, we have implant-supported bridges. Implant-supported bridges are a great option if you have several missing teeth next to each other, and a traditional bridge isn’t possible. We’ll put an implant in place of each missing tooth, and then attach the bridge to the implants.