If you have missing teeth, you are in luck because there are multiple types of dental bridges available right at your fingertips, including:
1. Traditional Bridges: A traditional bridge is made of two dental crowns and false teeth. The two crowns are placed on the natural teeth that lie on both sides of the gap in your mouth, anchoring the bridge in place, and the artificial teeth lie between them to fill the gap. The two teeth that anchor the bridge are called the abutment teeth and the filler, artificial teeth are called pontics. The pontics are made out of gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
2. Cantilever Bridges: When a natural tooth or dental implant is only available on one side of the gap in the mouth, a cantilever bridge is what your dentist will use. The dentist will fuse two crowns together on same side instead of on opposite sides of the pontics. Sometimes one crown is enough to hold the bridge into place, depending on how much support is needed.
3. Maryland Bridges: Maryland bridges are made up of a set of artificial teeth. Bonded by special wings, the artificial teeth are supported by natural teeth instead of being supported by crowns. These types of bridges are usually used to replace missing front teeth because they experience less stress from chewing.
We will recommend the most appropriate dental bridge for you, depending on the location of the missing teeth, your oral cavity’s condition, and your overall health. Remember to keep up on your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day so your remaining natural teeth stay healthy and strong.
Call 903-710-2309 today so we can get you set up with the best dental bridge for your smile!