What is a Bridge?
A bridge is false tooth that is fused to one or two crowns. This false tooth, or pontic, is held in its position on the gum by the anchoring crowns next to it.
What kinds of Bridges are there?
There are several types of bridges:
- The traditional fixed bridge is a false tooth fused to two crowns. The crowns fit permanently on the teeth on both sides of the new false tooth and anchor it in place as a “bridge” over the gum. This dental technique is otherwise similar to regular crown procedure. The fixed bridge offers the most natural fit and appearance.
- The cantilever bridge is a false tooth that is anchored to a tooth or teeth on one side and not the other. This dental technique is otherwise similar to regular crown procedure. A cantilever bridge does not have the same strength as a traditional bridge and can only be used in areas of less stress, like front teeth.
- The removable bridge is not cemented permanently. It may be available at a lower cost, but it will require extra hygiene attention.One alternative to a bridge is the partial denture which is a removable appliance that can replace one or more teeth.
- Partial Dentures: A removable appliance that can replace one or more teeth.
- Dental Implants: Permanent alternatives for missing teeth