Dental bridges are the perfect option for the common dental problem of missing teeth. A dental bridge is essentially two crowns on either end of a false tooth, called a pontic. Two crowns or abutments anchor it in place, which we place on the teeth next to your missing tooth. We then attach a custom-made porcelain or resin piece to the abutments to fill the gap where the missing tooth used to be.
Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry is your home for complete dental care. We provide dental services to residents from many communities including Towson, MD. Dr. Ed Lazer and Dr. Andrey Doroshenko along with their professional dental team offer dental bridges for people missing one or more teeth. If you have missing or damaged teeth but do not need a denture, we will use a fixed bridge or an implant supported bridge to replace them.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a set of artificial teeth that we fuse together in a row. We use it to replace a single missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. Several types of bridges are available to accommodate different cases. A traditional bridge has two dental crowns on each end with the pontic (the piece that actually replaces the missing tooth) located in the middle.
There are various types of dental bridges available. Each provides a full range of motion and chewing capabilities that closely mimic real teeth.
A Maryland Bridge
The Maryland bridge is a dental appliance that replaces one or more missing teeth. It can consist of porcelain, metal, or acrylic and it attaches to the teeth on either side of the space where the tooth is missing. A Maryland bridge will not only give you a beautiful smile but also improve your speech and chewing ability.
A metal framework supports the pontic that the dentist bonds to the back of the adjacent teeth. A dentist can secure a Maryland Bridge in place by using two attachments: one at each end of the bridge. We call them abutments, and they are usually metal or porcelain. The abutment on the outside part of your mouth will have a post that goes through your gum tissue and attaches to an implant behind your jawbone. The dentist secures the other attachment to your natural tooth on either side of the space where there’s no tooth in place.
A cantilever Bridge
This type of bridge only uses one crown that a dentist cements to an adjacent tooth to hold the piece in place. The cantilever dental bridge is a type of dental bridge that uses an artificial tooth as an anchor at one end and cantilever-like arms on the other end to provide stability. The artificial tooth acts as a fixed anchor while the arms act as movable anchors. The result of this arrangement is that the artificial tooth provides and anchors the teeth at a fixed anchorage, while the movable end can adjust to accommodate changing occlusion.
An implant-supported Bridge
The implant-supported dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth. It uses an implant to support the artificial tooth in place. In this case, it does not attach to adjacent teeth but instead attaches to an implant or false tooth on one side and a natural tooth on the other side. We can also use only dental implants to secure the fixture.
Fixed Bridges vs Implant Supported Bridges
A fixed bridge is different from an implant-supported bridge in many ways. Our dentist often uses a fixed bridge to replace a single missing tooth. We can replace more than one tooth using this type of restoration. However, the longer the bridge, the less stable it is.
A traditional fixed bridge requires the use of the two remaining teeth adjacent to the gap to hold it in place. Most bridges use two adjacent teeth as anchors. We will have to significantly reduce the anchor teeth, just as if we are placing a dental crown on them. Those anchor teeth will endure more stress because of this process.
Implant Supported Bridges
A dental implant-supported bridge is capable of successfully replacing two or more teeth. Our dentist places two or more dental implants in the jaw bone to hold the bridge more securely in place. Because of this, we will not need to reduce healthy teeth or endure extra stress. Additionally, the dental implants will replace the missing teeth roots. This prevents bone loss from occurring in the jaw bone which is something a fixed bridge cannot prevent.
The experts at Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry offer full services for dental implant supported bridges. With both types of restorations, the bridge looks natural and blends in nicely with the rest of your smile.
Call Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry Today
Not sure which dental bridge is right for you? Contact Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry today to schedule an oral health consultation where you will meet with one of our expert restorative dentists, Dr. Doroshenko or Dr. Lazer. They will examine your teeth and explain which solution is right for you. Our patients from Towson, MD can reach us at (410) 697-6290 to make this appointment and begin their tooth replacement journey.