are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are false teeth anchored on neighbouring
teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth.
The false tooth is known as a pontic and is fused
in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching
to the teeth on each side of the false tooth and thereby
bridging them together.
Types of Bridges
A bridge, by definition, is a link or connection between
two permanent structures. A dental bridge is very
similar in that it attaches the restorative teeth
(bridge) to the natural teeth on either side of the
gap. This bridge acts as your new teeth, closing the
gap and restoring your smile. Bridges are often constructed
of gold or metal foundations with porcelain fused
to the foundation. This ensures that the bridge will
support the normal functions of the mouth.
There are three main types of bridges:
- Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for
the tooth or implant on either side of the missing
tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges
are the most common type of bridge and are made of
either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent
teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
- Maryland bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded
bridge or a Maryland bridge) are made of porcelain
teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal
wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your
The procedure begins with preparation of the natural
teeth, or abutments. We will shape the abutment teeth
so that the ends of the bridge will fit comfortably
on each one. The next step is to take an impression
of the area. This impression will be sent to our lab
where your new restoration will be crafted. While
this new tooth is created, we will provide you with
a temporary restoration. Our temporary restorations
will resemble your natural teeth so that you can continue
with your daily life without worrying about a missing
or unattractive tooth.
During your second visit to the office, we will proceed
with the placement of your final restoration. This
bridge will be fitted comfortably into the mouth.
We will make every effort to ensure that the new bridge
feels exactly like your natural teeth. The final step
in the process is to cement the bridge into your mouth,
leaving you with a beautifully restored smile.