There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and maryland bonded bridges. each type of dental bridges in intended for a specific purpose that makes it intended for a particular situation.
Traditional bridges: These are the most common types of bridges and it is typically made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramics. They are usually small, lightweight and provide excellent chewing comfort, by re-distributing your normal bite force compromised by your missing teeth. These bridges consist of one or more pontic teeth and are held in place by dental crowns. If your hygiene and home care are maintained at an optimum level than the traditional bridges can last a long time.
Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are designed for the pontic to be located outside of the abutment teeth. These types of bridges can be used, when there is only one anchor tooth available for missing teeth.
Maryland Bridges: They are made from a metal framework with porcelain fused to metal teeth. It does not require the reshaping and the placement of crowns on the adjacent teeth. It is fixed using metal wings that fit behind the abutment teeth.
Why do you need dental bridges?
- When you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. This can affect your bite and leads to an abnormal pressure on teeth and jaw joints, possibly causing pain and damage.
- When teeth are drifted, cleaning becomes harder and are at higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
- When the tooth is missing and left untreated then the bone may shrink. Over time, the face looks older.
The placement of dental bridges is one of the most commonly used treatment methods for replacing missing teeth. Visit our dental office at Redlands, CA. Our dentists offer the best dental bridge option that suits you.